ANALYSIS- On July 12th I wrote that President Biden would soon regret saying in response to reporters questions, that there were no parallels “whatsoever” to Vietnam in 1975, adding: “There’s going to be no circumstance for you to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.”
And sure enough, here we are a month later, and helicopters are indeed air lifting a lot of people from the now Taliban-occupied former U.S. embassy in Kabul.
And it is both eerily similar, and far worse, than the Saigon parallel.
PHOTO 2: US diplomat evacuate US from embassy via helicopter as the PAVN & Viet Cong capture of Saigon, Vietnam (1975) pic.twitter.com/YamWmzjOay
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) August 15, 2021
Two iconic images clicked 45 years apart. The US Embassy staff fleeing from Saigon (top) and Kabul (bottom).
Never trust a friend who leaves you saying he’ll be back – Old Vietnamese saying. pic.twitter.com/AIItm8aReA
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) August 15, 2021
Another Saigon moment: chaotic scenes at Kabul International Airport. No security. None. pic.twitter.com/6BuXqBTHWk
— Saad Mohseni (@saadmohseni) August 15, 2021
On July 8 in response to a question from a reporter who asked Biden if he saw “parallels between this withdrawal and what happened in Vietnam,” noting that “some Vietnamese veterans see echoes of their experience in this withdrawal in Afghanistan,” Biden specifically promised that Kabul would not become the new Saigon, and that the world would not see American helicopters rescuing American workers from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Biden emphatically stated: “None whatsoever. Zero.” He added:
The Taliban is not the south— the North Vietnamese army. They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of the embassy of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable. ADN