The world is watching in horror as the Biden administration cuts and runs from Afghanistan and a tragedy of Biblical proportions unfolds. We will be living with the ripple effects of this disaster for decades. We will see the terror threats worldwide skyrocket. We will see attacks on our soil. We will see adversaries like Communist China dramatically up the aggressiveness of their moves against an American administration now revealed as completely impotent if not openly treasonous.
But, first, we have to actually succeed in getting all the Americans currently on the ground in Afghanistan out. We have not done so yet. It is not guaranteed we will do so at all. We may be witnessing an event best described as Benghazi on steroids.
At Kabul airport all is chaos. Afghans are literally clinging to the outside of American aircraft in desperation, hoping somehow to get out of the country ahead of the murderous Taliban hordes. Video has captured some of these desperate Afghans falling to their deaths as aircraft take off.
Yet, many Americans cannot even make it to the airport. Taliban forces control Kabul and have established checkpoints throughout the city. They are stopping and searching everyone at these checkpoints. Anyone with a cellphone on which is stored an American phone number is summarily executed. No American has a chance of passing through this net and making it to the airport.
Our embassy is closed. Americans who know they will be slaughtered if they attempt to make it to the airport on their own are calling lawmakers in Washington seeking assistance. Beyond encouraging Americans caught in this situation to reach out, these lawmakers have no assistance to provide. There is no plan. There is no capability on the ground to get to them and rescue them.
In the midst of this nightmare, the Department of State trundles on in mindless bureaucratic style acting as if it were dealing with some routine administrative matter rather than a true life or death situation. Only days ago, State Department spokesman Ned Price was assuring everyone that there would be no evacuation or wholesale withdrawal.
“This is not abandonment. This is not an evacuation. This is not the wholesale withdrawal. What this is (is) a reduction in the size of our civilian footprint,” Price told reporters Thursday.
Sunday the Department of State told Americans in Kabul that their best chance of survival was to hide.
“The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore, we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place,” the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan said in a statement published Sunday.
Not long thereafter the embassy closed, and all diplomats were evacuated.
Before everyone fled though – embassy personnel took the time to admonish all those Americans hiding in closets waiting to be beheaded to make sure their paperwork was in order.
“U.S. citizens wanting assistance in departing the country should register for any option that might be identified to return to the United States, and must complete this Repatriation Assistance Request for each traveler in their group,” the embassy notice said.
“Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens in Afghanistan who are awaiting immigrant visas should also complete this form if they wish to depart. Please do so as soon as possible. You must complete this form even if you’ve previously submitted your information to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul,” the notice continued.
Since the form is made available online, presumably embassy staff continued to believe as they boarded helicopters and fled that wi-fi would still be working in the homes of all the Americans who were about to die. The notice also included this admonition in fact.
“Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. This form is the only way to communicate interest in flight options.”Western Journal
Nothing is under control in Afghanistan. This is not an organized evacuation. This is a rout. This is a debacle on a scale we have not since Saigon. It may, in fact, prove infinitely worse than that.
We cannot continue to maintain control of the Kabul airport. Flights cannot continue indefinitely. Long before they physically overrun the tarmac the Taliban will be able to rain rockets and artillery shells on the runway and prevent planes and helicopters from using it. Anyone left on the ground when that happens is going to die.
Meanwhile, in Kabul itself, the hunt will begin. Door by door, Taliban kill teams will track down and execute anyone they consider an enemy. That will include every single American they find – including American clergy.
In 1839 the British invaded Afghanistan in what would become known as the First Anglo-Afghan war. In 1842 a lone survivor of the British force made it out to Pakistan to tell the tale of how everyone else had been slaughtered.
Afghanistan is a cruel, hard place that shows no pity on the incompetent and the foolish.
Joe Biden is in hiding. Kamala Harris has gone to ground. Nothing is under control. Nothing is being handled.
The whole world can see the obscene incompetence of this morally bankrupt administration. And, soon it will see far worse, as the Taliban seeks retribution for twenty years of war.
No one knows how many Americans are still in Afghanistan. The Taliban is about to find out.