The botched U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan has revealed an astonishing amount of both impotence and incompetence on the part of those in charge of American foreign policy.
Quite apart from the fact that the war itself was a fiasco with impossible and unrealizable nation-building goals, the apparently much simpler task of evacuating the U.S. military and all U.S. personnel from Afghanistan in a timely and orderly manner has also proven to be quite beyond the geniuses who set the foreign in policy agenda in the Biden Administration.
Thousands of Americans still remain trapped in Afghanistan as the Taliban rampages throughout the country and conquers everything in sight.
As people in fear of reprisals from the Taliban mob both civilian and military planes that are taking off from Kabul International Airport in a desperate bid to escape, the Biden Administration has only this pitiful word of advice for the thousands of Americans still trapped in Afghanistan: hide.
A Sign of Complete Powerlessness
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan published a statement on its website addressing the still ongoing chaos. The statement reads, in part: “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.”
Of course, the first duty of the U.S. military in a case like this should be ensuring the safe passage and departure of all U.S. citizens. Whether it happened out of impotence or malice, leaving so many Americans in the lurch like this is simply unforgivable.
But despite the harrowing situation — for the Taliban are fanatical warlords who are not above executing those who oppose them — the Kabul Embassy finds it necessary to add insult to injury by reminding all Americans who are stranded in Afghanistan that they must have the proper paperwork in order before they may be allowed to leave. “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 they must complete this Repatriation Assistance Request for each traveler in their group.”
The Embassy even saw fit to remind people that those wishing to depart also need to fill out separate forms for their spouses and minor children.
As of Thursday, August 19, State Department Spokesman Ned Price said that there is still no evacuation plan to get these Americans out of harms’s way. “This is not abandonment, This is not evacuation. This is not the wholesale withdrawal. What this is [is] a reduction on the size of our civilian footprint,” Price told reporters.
More blatant doublespeak can hardly be imagined.