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Was Biden’s Disorganized Evacuation of Afghanistan Pressured by the Taliban?

President Biden has mishandled our nation’s exit procedure from Afghanistan, leaving tens of thousands of Americans, Afghanistan Allies, and innocent civilians, who have worked with our U.S. military for the past two decades.

Biden Addresses Evacuation

Image Source: ABC News

STEPHANOPOULOS: “So Americans should understand that troops might have to be there beyond August 31st?”

BIDEN: “No. Americans should understand that we’re gonna try to get it done before August 31st.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “But if we don’t, the troops will stay–“

BIDEN: “If — if we don’t, we’ll determine at the time who’s left.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “And?”

BIDEN: “And if you’re American force — if there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.”

The Taliban gave strict warning to U.S. President Biden that our deadline for evacuation was August 31st. Speaking on the U.S. withdrawal after two decades, Stephanopoulos asked:

STEPHANOPOULOS: “So you don’t think this could’ve been handled, this exit could’ve been handled better in any way? No mistakes?”

BIDEN: “No. I– I don’t think it could’ve been handled in a way that there– we– we’re gonna go back in hindsight and look, but the idea that somehow there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens. I don’t know how that happened.”

Inquiring on Biden’s evacuation strategy , Stephanopoulos asked,

STEPHANOPOULOS: “They thought the Taliban would take over, but not this quickly?”

BIDEN: “But not this quickly. Not even close. We had already issued several thousand passports to the– the SIVs, the people– the– the– the translators when I came into office before we had negotiated getting out at the end of s– August.Secondly, we’re in a position where what we did was took precautions. That’s why I authorized that there be 6,000 American troops to flow in to accommodate this exit, number one. And number two, provided all that aircraft in the Gulf to get people out. We pre-positioned all that, anticipated that. Now, granted, it took two days to take control of the airport. We have control of the airport now.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “Still a lotta pandemonium outside the airport.”

BIDEN: “Oh, there is. But, look, b– but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now. People are– we got 1,000-somewhat, 1,200 out, yesterday, a couple thousand today. And it’s increasing. We’re gonna get those people out.”

Taliban Warns America

“It’s a red line. President Biden announced that on Aug. 31 they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it, that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Sky News.

“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations — the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,” he said, adding that extending the deadline would “create mistrust between us.”

Prolonging any “occupation,” further than August 31st, Shaheen warned, would “provoke a reaction.”

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2021/08/26/afghanistan-us-service-members-killed-kabul-airport-general-says/5607797001/

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