My heart is breaking right now. I have been watching the TV since the announcement this morning of the suicide bombing at the Abbey Gate at Kabul Airport. As a Marine who served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, I had no problem with our withdrawal from Afghanistan. The problem I had was the way it was done. We surrendered one of the largest Airbases in Afghanistan to protect an airfield with only one runway. Instead of trying to pull our citizens out first, a decision was made to give up the entire country to the Taliban with an exit date of August 31st. According to our President, the Taliban presented no credible threat to the United States, our troops, or our allies. We allowed the Taliban to dictate the rules for our withdrawal. Once our President used the date certain of August 31st the Taliban used that date as their “Red Line” stating that if we didn’t leave by that date there would be serious consequences. Why would we trust the Taliban to help provide security for our withdrawal?
From my point of view, today will go down as one of the biggest foreign policy failures in the short time that Joe Biden has been President. We lost 11 members of my beloved United States Marine Corps and a Navy Medic. I am watching as General Ken Mckenzie Jr. the Commander of the U.S. Command Center gives his update of what happened today. He was asked how the bomber was able to get that close and all he could say “Today was a hard day”. He has a very heavy heart. How about the hearts of the families who have lost their loved ones?
Today was the 1975 Saigon moment only back in 1975 there was no threat of suicide bombers. I certainly hope that our President who is partially responsible for this debacle speaks directly to the American people, explains his actions and by that I mean I don’t want to hear “The Buck stops with him”. It’s been over 6 hours now and we still haven’t heard from him.
I can only hope that when it is determined who is responsible for this deadly attack that our response will send the message that American lives lost will not have been in vain.