Biden has no plans to leave Afghanistan until now before Kabul Fell

A new report by the Republican Party by Newsweek argued that the President Joe BidenThe government of the country was not fully prepared for United States Army withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, detailing a series of perceived mistakes that resulted in many U.S. citizens and cooperating Afghans becoming trapped because Taliban Power.

The document is 148 pages long, titled “USA Senate The Committee’s report on Minority Foreign Relations “and signed by Senator James E. Risch, a Republican, argues that the administration” ignored multiple intelligence reports about possible Taliban continued quickly managed Kabul, decided to abandon Bagram Air Base, ignored dissident communications from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (State), failed to plan an evacuation until it was too late, and In the process, tens of thousands of Afghan partners have abandoned. “

“The failure of senior Biden administration leadership to plan for this fateful day has resulted in the urgent evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Americans, third-country nationals and Afghans,” the report said. “It has left behind hundreds, possibly thousands, of American citizens, tens of thousands of Afghan partners, and a legacy of American betrayal of its allies.”

The decision to end the United States’ two-decade war in Afghanistan was made under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trumpwho signed a peace treaty with the Taliban in February 2020. After coming to power, Biden announced he would push back the stated withdrawal date to September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for the first time. attracted American intervention in the nation, which was eventually moved to August 31.

But the Taliban seized the capital two weeks before that date, and in one of the key arguments Republican lawmakers made, the report argued that the National Security Council Delegates Committee did not rallied until the afternoon before the group effectively won the country’s civil war. .

Having wasted 115 days, the NSC did not hold its first high-level meeting to discuss the withdrawal until 3:30 p.m. on August 14, just hours before the fall of Kabul, when the evacuation returned. life and death for Americans, Afghans and American service members,” the report said.

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U.S. soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit by the roadside near the military compound of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee the country after the Taliban army took over Afghanistan. .
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The report identifies the House Committee as the relevant body responsible for planning contingency logistics, such as those required to unexpectedly transport thousands of people from war-torn Afghanistan. However, the legislators found “no
records provided that DC meets any time before August 14 to begin safety discussions
and orderly relocation out of Afghanistan. “

“The summary of conclusions from the August 14 DC meeting includes actions that should have been taken many months in advance, including but not limited to: access to third countries for transit points, informed local US embassy staff of the relocation, and established a liaison/manifest team for flights out of Kabul,” the report said. “It’s inexplicable for the DC factions to meet at such a late date.”

During that meeting, the report said the Committee of Delegates was “formally tasked with” immediately establishing a contact group/manifest responsible for notifying individuals from different priority lists. , including US citizens. At that meeting, the White House tasked the State Department with “working to identify as many countries as possible to serve as transit points” for evacuees, the newspaper reported. report said.

The report said that US officials from the State Department, the Department of Defense and any other authorities were given advance instructions on how to handle tens of thousands of people seeking to leave Afghanistan immediately. This includes approximately 17,000 Afghans who have applied for a Special Immigrant Visa but have not yet been cleared to enter the United States, along with their family members.

“Up until this point, the State, DoD, and other agencies have had no high-level guidance on how many individuals they need to evacuate, who they are or how they will be handled, where The US government is supposed to transport these people and what to do with them when they arrive at their destination,” the later report added.

Biden and his senior officials have defended their exit handling. Days after the House Committee meeting, as the US attempted to organize an airlift of US citizens and Afghans who had aided in the war effort, Biden said ABC News he was faced with an impossible mission.

“The idea that somehow, there’s a way to get out without the chaos – I don’t know how that happens,” Biden said in the August 18 interview.

Scenes of chaos followed as other Afghans tried to flee Taliban rule. In the worst spike in violence that has come with the war, the local Khorasan branch of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS-K) carried out a suicide bombing that killed nearly 200 people, including 13 US soldiers, near Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26.

On August 31, the last American military plane left Afghanistan, and Biden announced the end of the war in a televised speech. In his speech, he took responsibility for the withdrawal and argued why he could not have acted sooner or be more organized.

“I take responsibility for this decision,” Biden said. “Now, some are saying we should start mass evacuations earlier and ‘Can this be done in a more orderly manner?” I respectfully disagree. “

“Imagine if we started evacuating in June or July, bringing in thousands of American troops and evacuating more than 120,000 in the midst of the civil war,” he said. “There will still be a rush to the airport, a decline in trust and government control, and it will still be a very difficult and dangerous task.”

“The bottom line is: There is no evacuation after the war is over that you can run without the complications, challenges, and threats that we face,” Biden added. “Not available.”

This is a developing news story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

https://www.newsweek.com/gop-report-biden-had-no-afghanistan-exit-plan-till-hours-before-kabul-fell-1676350 Biden has no plans to leave Afghanistan until now before Kabul Fell

Chris Estrada

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