There's no doubt Biden and company had a very bad August with close to a 10 point drop across the board in approval. Overall Job approval, the economy, foreign policy, immigration, COVID and the direction of the country, right track/wrong track. September will end with basically the same numbers for Biden and company as August ended. No improvement, no decline.
Lying, it seems to me all politicians try to blame someone else when things go wrong or simply state, I didn't know, I wasn't told. That's the cynic in me. So why should Biden be any different? There's no doubt that Biden botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan. That is still having repercussions for him and the democrats. 4 weeks later, I expected recovery, an uptick in all the approval categories. That hasn't happened.
I think since Nixon most Americans expect to be lied to from time to time, to be mislead. Again, the cynic in me. As a former military man, we kept a lot of stuff classified, some due to national security, but a lot more due to not wanting to embarrass the military, the government and friendly nations.
Perhaps the bottom line is if Biden lied, I don't hold it against him. I voted for Biden to get rid of Trump. Biden has been better than Trump, my vote has been verified to the good even if Biden lied. There's way too many other things, issues out their that Biden and company need to get a grip on which they don't have now than lying about whether he was told or not about keeping troops in Afghanistan. I don't think this will hurt him one bit. Some will get all fired up, others not, but it will quickly blow over. Other things like inflation, the border, COVID, whether we're headed in the right or wrong direction, they won't so easily be left behind.
I'd be more worried if I were a democrat about the 60% of Americans that think the country is headed in the wrong direction today whether than if Biden lied about not being told about troop strength in Afghanistan. 60% wrong direction is Trump like numbers.