An administration official told Politico that they were stunned by the president’s decision to leave Americans behind as the Taliban solidifies their power in the country and reportedly engages in door-to-door executions.
“I am absolutely appalled and literally horrified we left Americans there,” 関係者は言った. “It was a hostage rescue of thousands of Americans in the guise of a NEO [noncombatant evacuation operations], and we have failed that no-fail mission.”
Another administration official told ポリティコ that they didn’t consider the mission to be accomplished if Americans were abandoned in Afghanistan.
The officials’ concerns came the same day that Biden vigorously defended his handling of the withdrawal.
Biden on Tuesday touted one of the “biggest airlifts in history,” noting more than 120,000 individuals were airlifted to safety from Kabul, それを言って “no nation has ever done anything like it in all of history,” calling the mission an “extraordinary success.”
“Only the U.S. had the capacity, the will, and the ability to do it, and we did it today,” Biden later added, applauding the “bravery and selfless courage” 私たちの. 軍隊, diplomats and intelligence professionals.
フォックス・ニュース’ Brooke Singman contributed reporting.