The U.S. servicemen who faced their untimely deaths due to the unpreparedness of the Biden administration during a failed evacuation mission from Afghanistan are turning in their graves upon the release of these jaw-dropping documents.
The documents, uncovered by Axios, reveal a widespread White House panic about the eventual fall of Kabul to the Taliban terrorist organization. The entire administration was unprepared and focused more on public perception rather than tactical military strategy, according to the documents.
The National Security Council’s "summary of conclusions," obtained by Axios, highlights the actions that were being decided at the last minute, including:
• Identifying transit points for evacuees
• Notifying the Embassy in Kabul to prep departure planshttps://t.co/g61RMCITE2
— Axios (@axios) February 2, 2022
The bombshell documents show that several top administration officials had not yet established a strategy for exiting the country and evacuating the thousands of American citizens and allies still left, but Biden officials pushed the evacuation anyway.
Outsiders were frustrated and suspicious the administration was having plenty of meetings but was stuck in bureaucratic inertia and lacked urgency until the last minute. While the word ‘immediately’ peppers the document, it’s clear officials were still scrambling to finalize their plans — on the afternoon of Aug. 14.
For instance, just hours before Kabul fell to the Taliban, officials had finally decided they would notify local Afghan staff “to begin to register their interest in relocation to the United States.” The White House had not yet even decided upon which “countries could serve as transit points for evacuees.”
The meeting notes highlight how many crucial actions the Biden administration was deciding at the last minute — just hours before Kabul would fall and former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would flee his palace in a helicopter.
Matt Zeller, a former CIA officer who had previously warned the White House about protecting Afghan allies in the country, said people like him were treated like “Chicken Little.” Zeller said:
I kept being told by people in the [White House] the thing they were most concerned about was the optics of a chaotic evacuation. They treated us like we were Chicken Little. They didn’t believe the sky was falling.
On the 13th of July, we offered to work with them to help evacuate our partners. We all saw this disaster coming before the inevitable occurred. They didn’t get back to us until Aug 15, the day Kabul fell.
Mark Jacobson, deputy NATO representative in Afghanistan during the Obama administration, was equally perplexed by the Biden administration’s lack of preparation.
What resulted was the loss of 13 young lives and the single greatest military blunder in modern American history — all on Joe Biden’s watch.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney