The Washington Post published an article on the lack of outrage over the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
Al Fonzi is an [email protected] independent opinion writer for The and Paso Robles Press.
I wrote last month on Biden’s shameful history of leaving American civilians and friends in Afghanistan to torture and murder if caught by the Taliban or al-Qaeda/ISIS terrorists. Hundreds have been slaughtered since then, as expected; former American special forces troops linked with non-governmental groups have built up overland escape routes, sneaking out a limited number of Afghan countrymen lucky enough to reunite with their families. Thousands of people are still hiding, going from home to house and village to hamlet to avoid certain death. The ineptness of the non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) was exacerbated by the unwillingness to leave critical equipment vulnerable to enemy seizure. Over 7000 sets of ID kits were included, which utilized biometrics to identify people. Each set included a comprehensive database including personal data on every Afghan who served with the US throughout the war, from truck drivers and cooks to intelligence agents. The Taliban has been utilizing these sets to travel door-to-door in order to track down, identify, and apprehend Afghans who have collaborated with us.
The majority of those caught by Taliban forces had heartbreaking tales, such as the former interpreter and his family, who were tortured and then executed, with the exception of his 10-year-old daughter, who was sold as a child bride to an ISIS fighter.
Biden didn’t only forsake Americans and Afghans; he also abandoned our European friends, whose people were dispersed throughout the country and unable to breach Taliban checkpoints. British Special Air Service commandos, unlike American troops, conducted many excursions into the countryside to rescue British citizens. The President instructed American soldiers not to leave the airport to rescue their fellow Americans and Afghans, purportedly to avoid additional American deaths. Many American soldiers were disheartened as a result of this order, as they were forced to watch as hundreds of people who were qualified for evacuation were left behind.
Our withdrawing soldiers were forced to abandon K-9’s (war dogs) that had so dutifully followed American troops into battle, sniffing out improvised explosive devices and enemy ambushes, and saving the lives of countless thousands of American troops. These canines are devoted to their owners and the military units to which they were assigned until the point of death. In the past, a dog handler was often allowed to keep his dog after leaving the military. At least 50 dogs in Afghanistan were abandoned to their destiny and left behind, assuming they weren’t shot immediately. Someone determined that organizing their transportation home would be too costly, so soldiers were instructed to leave them behind in the evacuation pandemonium.
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The evacuation narrative has become much worse in the past week. We heard the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the President’s senior military advisor, as well as the Commander of U.S. Central Command (with authority over Middle East military operations) and the Secretary of Defense, all contradict President Biden’s claims to a CNN reporter that no one warned him about an impending Afghan collapse or the need to keep at least 2500 American troops on the ground to stifle the Taliban. The President was urged by all three senior military leaders to maintain a stabilizing force on the ground and to continue providing logistical assistance to Afghan troops. The Secretary of Defense acknowledged that the President’s briefings included the recommendations of the senior generals, but the President insisted on a full pullout with a deadline of August 31st. Worse, the President’s civilian national security staff didn’t believe it was essential to consult top military commanders until Kabul had already fallen and the ground situation had become a fait accompli.
We hadn’t had a single casualty in 18 months, and our maintenance support of Afghan aircraft and special operations advisors to monitor supply distribution were critical to Afghan forces’ ability to fend off the Taliban offensive, which was backed by over 15,000 al-Qaeda fighters and Pakistani intelligence operatives infiltrated from Pakistan. Over 66,000 Afghan soldiers have died in the 20-year war against the Taliban, with roughly equivalent number of civilians killed. Keeping the Taliban terrorist force at bay required our presence and assistance. We could have beaten them, but American officials were set on abandoning the battlefield in order to accomplish a political “victory lap” by calling the war ended by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Unfortunately, no one thought to inform the Taliban or other Islamic terrorist organizations that the fight was over: it’s simply a pause for them to reorganize, rearm, and prepare their next assault. Where is the uproar?
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