Feature Image – Should the last American left in Afghanistan be Trump?
[ Editor’s Note: Despite the huge trashing effort by the Trump org to frame the Afghanistan accelerated withdrawal as a disaster, it was hardly such to the grownups at VT.
We know the Biden trashers know that the swift surrender of the Afghani army and police had been feared but not necessarily expected. That troops would break and be routed is always on the table during these ‘last battle’ situations.
No one with half a brain wants to die on the last day of the war, which any combat veteran can tell you is the stupidest thing you can do. It accomplishes nothing. But this situation was made inevitable by the corruption of the Afghan government.
As the end was certain, all those in the Afghan government who could, stole any and all cash they could get their hands one. One of the easiest thefts was the pay for the troops. Interviewed surrendering troops said they had not been paid in six months.
Many of the front line units surrendered when they ran out of food and ammo, as no one in the rear wanted to risk making deliveries to the front lines and risk getting killed or captured.
Stories of the veterans community outraged at the Biden team, if true, are a disgrace as they should know better, especially the Vietnam Vets. They have betrayed those operational in this incredible movement of 124,000 people, and our NATO partners pitching in.
They have pissed in the faces of the current command structure that got dealt a bad hand that is being framed as a political disaster, when it was nothing more than another fake war ending badly that somebody wants to take advantage of politically.
While some of the best we have were risking their lives, we had Congressional Republicans working to overthrow an election with Trump on January 6th, going so high up that the Speaker of the Senate just made an idiot move violating the law on intimidation of witnesses in a felony investigation by threatening subpoenaed Telcom companies.
It comes as no surprise that folks like this will crap all over any operation that really could have gone bad, but who are desperate to hide their own crimes at the expense of our troops in harms way… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … September 05, 2021
As the Biden administration scrambled to conduct a massive evacuation effort from Afghanistan, American officials quietly instructed U.S. citizens and at-risk Afghans, including Afghan commandos, to head to a secret CIA base outside Kabul to secure safe passage to the U.S. amid increased risks of a terrorist attack on the capital city’s main airport.
The clandestine operation, which took place over several weeks in August, resulted in the successful evacuation of hundreds of American citizens and vulnerable Afghans, including members of the elite Afghan special forces and their family members.
At least 1,000 Afghan commandos and their family members were evacuated in the overall U.S. effort.
…At least some of the evacuees were taken by air from the secret compound, known as Eagle Base, to the airport in order to bypass the chaotic crowds and terror threat around the gates.
Several helicopter flights operated by a U.S. company flew from an area around Eagle Base to the Kabul airport beginning on Aug. 15, when the Taliban took control of the city, according to flight data obtained by POLITICO.
…As the threat shifted, officials were “constantly mixing it up,” one day instructing people to head to one gate, and the next day telling them to meet at another location.
You can read the full Politico article here.
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