Obama shuts off Instagram comments amid Afghanistan collapse

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Gen. Keane: Biden ‘truly owns’ the Taliban victory in Afghanistan

Fox New senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane slams the president’s ‘self-righteous stubbornness’ on pulling the U.S. out of the region.

Commenting on former President Obama’s Instagram page was briefly suspended Monday morning as commenters urged the former president to do something about the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. 

Obama has yet to issue a public statement on the rapidly declining situation in Afghanistan, as thousands of people try to flee the country that fell to Taliban rule in a matter of days. 

Obama’s Instagram posts said, “Comments on this post have been limited” for roughly two hours Monday morning. His most recent post, a video Thursday touting his All on the Line redistricting campaign, garnered 885 comments before it was shut down Monday.

“Afghanistan needs your help. Please please help Afghanistan,” one commenter wrote.

“The blood of the #Afghan people is on the hands of those who have remained silent in the face of oppression and have made friends with the Taliban,” wrote another. “History will not forget your crime.”

“What did we accomplish in Afghanistan if we turn tail and run now?” asked another. “They need us! That is not the American way! We do not surrender and run! We stay and fight and until the issues are resolved which is true independence!”

Commenters posted the hashtags #help_afghanistan and #afghanistanisbleeding, among others, before being cut off.

The commenting on former first lady Michelle Obama’s Instagram page was also turned off during the same period of time. 

An Obama spokesperson told Fox News she had just learned about the pause and that there was “no intentionality on our side” or an explanation for why it happened.

James Jay Carafano, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, published an opinion piece Friday characterizing the Obama doctrine on foreign policy as “an abysmal failure.” 

“In the face of America’s enemies, the default position of Obama-Biden foreign policy default is accommodation and appeasement,” Carafano wrote. “Unfortunately, the bad guys are not stupid. They had eight years to study the Obama playbook, and they know what to do with it: exploit the deliberate self-weakening.”

Obama’s spokesperson said the former president had “no further comment” on Afghanistan, pointing to his April remarks praising Biden’s decision to withdraw.

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