Looks like when the Taliban talks, Biden listens.
As he not only withdrew all American troops by August 31, he withdrew all troops before August 31.
More specifically, by Monday, August 30, all troops had been withdrawn, as announced by Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, who serves as the head of the U.S. Central Command.
“I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans …
The last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30 this afternoon at 3:29 p.m. East Coast time, the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan.” [Source: The Blaze]
In addition, that “last C-17” did not include quite a few American citizens who desperately wish to leave Afghanistan, not to mention scores of Afghani allies who provided priceless assistance to the Americans over the years.
Which McKenzie at least openly admitted (unlike Psaki).
“There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure. We did not get out everybody we wanted to get out …
I believe our Department of State is going to work very hard to allow any American citizens that are left, and we think the citizens that were not brought out number in the low — very low 100s … believe that we’re going to be able to get those people out.” [Source: The Blaze]
One can only hope so.
One thing is for certain: Anyone who has a family member or loved one trapped in Afghanistan is unlikely to be pleased with the fact that Biden opted to play short-term politics instead of creating sound, long-term foreign policy.
And one other thing is definitely for certain: Those who have already had loved ones victimized by the horrors of Afghanistan and the Biden administration are beyond disgusted with the way the entire situation has been handled.
Moreover, those who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan over the years are also especially sensitive to current actions taking place in the action now, especially considering the rather inglorious end to a nearly 20-year mission.
For instance, Craig Cross, a Gold Star father who lost his son, U.S. Army Cpl. Frank Robert Gross, in Afghanistan before noted that Biden’s untimely withdrawal will likely reopen numerous wounds for countless families who have lost loved ones in the region over the years.
“I just want the families to know that we are here for you. We have been through what you’re going to go through, and it doesn’t end … There is no such thing as closure with this with Gold Star families … My heart goes out to the 13 families that are going to have to endure a tremendous amount of grief literally for the rest of their lives.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Cross also took serious issue with Biden continuing to blame Trump for virtually everything, in particular the current debacle in Afghanistan.
“And please quit blaming this on the former president of the United States of America. You are culpable … You alone. The buck stops at your desk … And I would wish that you would quit blaming this on other people, take the responsibility, quit passing the buck and get on with your job and do what we hired you to do …
We do not work for you, Mr. President … You work for us. And as Americans, we demand that justice be done and that the right thing be done. And we know what that is, and you know what it is.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Cross also noted that he would be praying for Biden to receive the wisdom necessary to extrapolate the United States from the “horrific mess” that he hurled the nation into.
The incredibly abrupt withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, one day early no less, underscores the extent to which Biden fears the Taliban and simply does not have an international clue.
On top of that, one almost wonders if the Biden administration swept out of Afghanistan one day early in an effort to minimize the headlines swirling around Afghanistan, though at least one official thinks that Biden will continue to endure blowback well after the withdrawal.
Lindsey Graham, for instance, sees a grim future as far as terrorism is concerned.
“The chance of another 9/11 just went through the roof. These drone attacks will not degrade ISIS. The number of ISIS fighters have doubled … For the next 20 years, American presidents will be dealing with this catastrophe in Afghanistan. This war has not ended. We’ve entered into a new deadly chapter. Terrorists are now in charge of Afghanistan.” [Source: OANN]
One can only imagine where that future might lead … especially if the Democrats remain in power.
Author: Jane Jones