A set of leaked documents from the White House has disclosed further details about the woeful unpreparedness of Joe Biden and his administration.
Deciding on ‘Basic Actions’ as Taliban Conquered Kabul
The newly leaked documents obtained by Axios are notes from a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House on August 14, 2021, the day before the Taliban terrorists captured Kabul.
The leaked notes demonstrate the Biden administration was totally “unprepared” to evacuate Afghan allies out of Kabul.
According to the report, just hours before the Taliban reconquered Kabul, senior officials of the Biden administration were reduced to “still discussing and assigning” some very “basic actions” with respect to a mass civilian evacuation.
Eventually, “Kabul Joe” would send several thousand US troops to secure just the airport in the Afghan capital; the chaotic mass evacuation through an airlift became possible simply because the Taliban extremists agreed to allow it.
Among the overall humiliation of the Kabul evacuation, Biden also managed to get 13 US troops killed by setting up ISIS for a dreadful terrorist attack by a suicide bomber.
According to the Axios report, the leaked notes show the Biden administration just decided to notify local Afghan staff they should leave Afghanistan for their own safety.
At that moment, with the Taliban already capturing Kabul, Biden officials were still in the process of figuring out the transit countries for the Afghan evacuees.
The sheer incompetence of the Biden administration was in full display in Afghanistan. These documents just further corroborate how feckless and pathetic this administration is.
Leaked document reveals Biden’s Afghan failures – Axios https://t.co/wZr0gXeaot
— Dave (@Wolffmann85) February 2, 2022
An Evacuation Planning Failure Exposed
The notes leaked in the report from a meeting presided over by Liz Sherwood-Randall ended up deciding upon numerous “crucial actions” which the Biden administration should have taken much earlier.
The report cites Mark Jacobson, who served as the deputy representative of the NATO alliance in Afghanistan during the Obama administration, as saying the Biden team failed to complete planning, prioritizing, and tackling of key issues.
He also made it clear he was surprised, considering the “depth of experience” of officials who were present in the White House Situation Room.
While the Biden administration eventually managed to fly out of Kabul a total of 120,000 people, almost all of them Afghans set for resettlement in the US, most of these people were not eligible for the special visa status award to Afghan allies of the United States during the 20-year war.
Instead, the US flew out of Afghanistan a lot of random people. Meanwhile, real US allies remained stuck under Taliban rule, threatened by death and torture, as did a number of actual US citizens.
Figures revealed by the Department of Homeland Security in the fall of last year showed that only 3% of the Afghan evacuees brought to the United States actually possess an issued special visa reserved for those who helped America’s war efforts.
White House notes showing scramble on botched Afghanistan withdrawal – according to Axios https://t.co/1DRhFkw4P3
— Western North Carolina Politics (@WesternPolitics) February 2, 2022
Mark Jacobson, former deputy NATO rep. in Afghanistan:
"That so much planning, prioritizing and addressing of key questions had not been completed, even as Kabul was about to fall, underscores the absence of adequate interagency planning."https://t.co/g61RMCITE2
— Axios (@axios) February 2, 2022