President Joe Biden, addressing the Conflict in Afghanistan saying: “We’ve made it clear to the Taliban, if they attack our personnel or disrupt our operation, the U.S. presence will be swift and the response will be swift and forceful. We would defend our people with devastating force, if necessary.”
This as hundreds of people poured onto the tarmac at Kabul’s International Airport, desperately seeking a route out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s sudden seizure of power. Their pleas come as the U.S. and other nations mount a hurried evacuation of Embassy Staff and Nationals, in scenes echoing the Fall of Saigon 46 years ago.
President Biden cutting his trip to Camp David short to address the chaos in Afghanistan. President Biden saying: “Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to be nation building.” Outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the Taliban celebrates taking control of the Capital. Meanwhile at the Airport, crowds cling to American Military planes — desperate to escape.
Among the many fearful are Interpreters and other Allies who assisted the U.S. Military. Kristen Rouse, a US Army Veteran saying: “It is gut wrenching. Um These are these are people we relied on that we that we promised that we wouldn’t leave them behind.”
Civilians struggling to understand the rapid speed of Kabul’s fall, one man interviewed saying: “I feel nothing right now, we want peace.”
Back in the U.S. — many are doing the same. President Biden saying: “Afghanistan Political Leaders gave up and fled the Country. The Military collapsed sometimes without trying to fight.” The White House’s National Security Team is shifting the blame to the Afghan Government and troops. President Biden adding: “American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”
Now, the State Department says they are working with other Countries to bring vulnerable citizens to safety. President Biden saying: “We will defend our people with devastating force if necessary.”