The scene at the airport in Kabul is chaotic as people try to escape the country as the Taliban takes the gift that Joe Biden has so generously given them. With so many people trying to leave all at once, many will have to wait and the big question is what does the Taliban intend to do? Will they simply allow them to leave or will they take hostages from the nations that have opposed them for so many years?
There have been a number of videos posted of the confusion on the ground in Afghanistan. Biden was warned this would happen, but he is the only person who thinks he is more intelligent than anyone else. This is quickly becoming his Saigon moment. Kamala Harris gets no glory either. She is on record as saying she had a key role in Biden’s decision.
The New York Times reported:
“Witnesses at the civilian domestic terminal said they had heard occasional gunshots and said thousands of people had crammed into the terminal and filled the parking lots, desperately seeking flights out. Late Sunday, the State and Defense Departments issued a statement saying the U.S. was working to secure control of the airport and to speed up the evacuation using civilian and military flights.”
Another Saigon moment: chaotic scenes at Kabul International Airport. No security. None. pic.twitter.com/6BuXqBTHWk
— Saad Mohseni (@saadmohseni) August 15, 2021
Thousands of frantic Afghans rush to Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul in an effort to escape the Taliban, amid sounds of gunfire. pic.twitter.com/pb1J8Z5BZw
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 15, 2021
— Jawad Sukhanyar (@JawadSukhanyar) August 16, 2021
The Department of Defense (DOD) released a joint statement with the Department of State late on Sunday that they were working to secure the airport and you can hear on some of the videos, gunfire in the background.
The statement said:
At present we are completing a series of steps to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S. and allied personnel from Afghanistan via civilian and military flights. Over the next 48 hours, we will have expanded our security presence to nearly 6,000 troops, with a mission focused solely on facilitating these efforts and will be taking over air traffic control. Tomorrow and over the coming days, we will be transferring out of the country thousands of American citizens who have been resident in Afghanistan, as well as locally employed staff of the U.S. mission in Kabul and their families and other particularly vulnerable Afghan nationals. And we will accelerate the evacuation of thousands of Afghans eligible for U.S. Special Immigrant Visas, nearly 2,000 of whom have already arrived in the United States over the past two weeks. For all categories, Afghans who have cleared security screening will continue to be transferred directly to the United States. And we will find additional locations for those yet to be screened.
Cotton spokesman says that their office has heard from multiple US citizens in Kabul trapped behind Taliban checkpoints, who can’t safely reach the US perimeter and have no clear option for what to do. https://t.co/rY5QTSPLKd
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 16, 2021