Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), admitted on Wednesday that a top-ranking official of the Taliban had extended an offer to allow the United States to have control of Kabul during the evacuation, but that he didn’t consider it a serious offer and that we did not have enough troops to control the city.
He then decided it would be a great idea for the Taliban to control the city instead. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with that right?
McKenzie joined the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Armed Services Committee. It was pretty much a clown show. None of them did their reputations any favors.
Fortunately, the expectations were so low they could walk upright under a pregnant cockroach and they were able to meet those expectations.
Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar offered the U.S. full control of Kabul, but, we did not accept his offer. If we didn’t have enough troops to control the city, we could have sent enough soldiers in on a temporary basis to do the job. However, I can understand why the Biden administration did not accept the offer. It would have been the right thing to do and they did not want to spoil their perfect record.
“I met with Mullah Baradar on 15 August to pass a message to him that we were withdrawing, and if they attempted to disrupt that withdrawal we would punish them severely for that.”
“As part of that conversation, [Baradar] said, ‘well, why don’t you just take security of all of Kabul?’ That was not why I was there, that was not my instruction, and we did not have the resources to undertake that mission.”
“I did not consider that to be a formal offer and it was not the reason why I was there, so I did not pursue it.”
“The offer was made in the presence of the president’s special representative to Afghanistan.”
McKenzie says he does not know if the exchange was reported to Biden or one of his higher-ups.