The Washington Post is reporting that as the Taliban started to take control of Afghanistan, they offered to let the United States have control of Kabul and its airport until all American troops were withdrawn.
Joe could have evacuated all of the Americans in a controlled environment, then gotten the military out of there.
Instead, he did none of that, and America declined Taliban leader Adbul Ghani Baradar’s offer.
Here’s an excerpt from the report:
In a hastily arranged in-person meeting, senior U.S. military leaders in Doha – including McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command – spoke with Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political wing.
“We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”
Throughout the day, Biden had remained resolute in his decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan. The collapse of the Afghan government hadn’t changed his mind.
McKenzie, aware of those orders, told Baradar that the U.S. mission was only to evacuate American citizens, Afghan allies and others at risk. The United States, he told Baradar, needed the airport to do that.
On the spot, an understanding was reached, according to two other U.S. officials: The United States could have the airport until Aug. 31. But the Taliban would control the city.
Things just keep getting worse and worse. Not just for Joe, but for America.
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