Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made it clear on Saturday that he thinks the U.S. military could retake the Bagram airfield in Afghanistan “tonight” if President Joe Biden would give the order to do so.
Graham thought that having Bagram would make it easier to get Americans and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan before a looming August 31 deadline.
“Bagram was a great evacuation platform. It has multiple runways. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, and you can take that airbase tonight if you wanted to. If you had any will in the White House, militarily, we can take Bagram Air Base,” Graham said.
The military’s existing base of operations at the much smaller Kabul airport, which only has one runway, has been limiting U.S. ability to evacuate all of the Americans and allies that want to leave the country by the time the military need to be gone from the country.
Hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies are said to be still in the country as the military leave Kabul on Tuesday ahead of the deadline.
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