President Joe Biden has stated that U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan until all Americans have left the country, even if reaching that goal takes longer than the August 31 deadline for the withdraw. He then added that chaos was unavoidable as our military forces withdrew from the country.
“If there are American citizens left, we’re going to stay to get them all out,” Biden said to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during an interview.
The president then took an opportunity to explain that the insanity we’re seeing in Afghanistan was unavoidable after the United States pulled troops out of the country. Stephanopoulos then asked Biden if the exit could have been handled better.
Guess what Biden said. Go ahead. Take a stab at it.
If you think he said, “no,” you would be correct.
“The idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” the president said.
Biden repeated in the interview that he stood by his decision to withdraw.
The United Arab Emirates meanwhile announced it was hosting Ashraf Ghani after the exiled president of Afghanistan fled the country. Commenting on this, Ghani said on Facebook from the UAE that he left Afghanistan to prevent bloodshed, adding that he is in talks to return to his country.
“I am currently in the Emirates so that might have already stopped the bloodshed and chaos, and currently, I am in talks to return to Afghanistan,” he continued.
He also said the Taliban should work on building an inclusive government but France’s European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said in an interview on France Info TV and radio that the country won’t recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan’s government.
“There is no political contact, there will be no deference, no complicity of any sort with the Taliban regime,” Beaune went on to say.
“Other Afghan government officials have also fled on a Turkish Airlines flight from Kabul to Istanbul on Monday, the Hurriyet newspaper reported. This included Foreign Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar, intelligence chief Ahmad Zia Saraj, presidential chief of staff Abdul Matin Bek, as well as Mohammed Sarver Danis, second vice president,” the Newsmax report stated.
American regulators responded to this situation by placing restrictions on U.S. airlines that are seeking to fly over Afghanistan due to the fact there aren’t any air-traffic controllers currently located on the ground.
“The Federal Aviation Administration issued a legally binding notice to U.S.-licensed operators requiring that they notify the agency before flying over Afghan territory. The Pentagon and State Department earlier this week said they would be taking over air-traffic control at Kabul’s main airport,” the report continued.
This announcement came just a bit before American troops fired off shots to try and help control crowds gathered at or near the Kabul airport over night, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who later told reporters that the airport facility is still “secure.”
“The U.S. has about 4,500 troops on the ground at the airport and 18 planes carrying about 2,000 people departed over the previous 24 hours, Kirby further stated. That included 325 Americans,” Newsmax reported.
Biden clearly has no clue what he’s talking about. Yes, this situation could have been handled much better by a far more competent leader. Say what you will about Trump, but the man understood how to work foreign policy.
We wouldn’t have this dangerous situation in Afghanistan if he had won the White House.