Even as ADN earlier reported that the much smaller British and French militaries deploy throughout Kabul searching for their citizens, Biden’s Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, has shockingly claimed that the U.S. military can’t go out and rescue Americans trapped in Afghanistan. The Pentagon also admits it doesn’t have any idea how many Americans have been evacuated, or how many there are in the country.
Best estimates are that between 10,000 and 15,000 Americans remain in the now defeated allied country and need to be evacuated immediately. As National Review (NR) notes:
The Taliban are undoubtedly well aware of the leverage they could obtain by holding Americans hostage. Evacuation is therefore not just a pressing humanitarian matter; it is essential to preventing a bunch of Stone Age barbarians from dictating terms to the United States of America.
Sadly Team Biden is showing shocking incompetence in the face of this avoidable and self-created threat.
On Tuesday, the State Department sent a cable to thousands of Americans in the country telling them to make their way to Kabul’s international airport but warning them, in ALL CAPS: “PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE UNITED STATES CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SECURITY AS YOU MAKE THIS TRIP.”
The below note went out this afternoon to American citizens requesting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, @alanacbs reports. It instructs people to come to Hamid Karzai Intl Airport in Kabul, but says the US govt cannot guarantee their safety as they make the trip. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/rgEyjGup4K
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) August 17, 2021
In a highly criticized move, as part of his reckless and hasty retreat, Biden had earlier abandoned our largest base in Afghanistan, Bagram Airfield.
Then at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday, when Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was asked about the U.S. military’s capability to get its citizens out of Afghanistan, his shocking answer was:
We don’t have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people.” while General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stood by looking dejected and glum.
As NR notes, “You have to watch Austin deliver this line to grasp its full air of defeatism about a place where our military has moved about with some impunity for two decades…”
Watch the embarrassing defeatist display by Austin and Milley below:
SEC AUSTIN: “We don’t have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people.” pic.twitter.com/k4cZESUav2
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 18, 2021
The best Austin could offer was a promise to try, at least for a while: “We’re gonna get everyone that we can possibly evacuate evacuated, and I’ll do that as long as we possibly can, until the clock runs out, or we run out of capability… I don’t have the capability to go out and extend operations currently into Kabul.”
This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful coming from the leaders of the world’s supposedly most powerful military. Simply un-American. ADN