On Friday, President Joe Biden insisted during a short speech to the nation that Americans stranded in Afghanistan were perfect safe to proceed through Taliban checkpoints on their way to the airport in Kabul.
But less than 24 hours later, according to Fox News, an alert was sent to Americans still trapped behind enemy lines in which they were urged to “avoid” making their way to the airport at this time. As it would turn out, the warning was issued because of a newly-emerged threat from Afghanistan-based members of the Islamic State group (ISIS).
What’s going on?
The alert, which was sent out by the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, made clear that Americans still trapped in other parts of the country not make their way to the airport in Kabul at this time as new threats emerged, though the original memo didn’t provide specifics on the threat.
“Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so,” the memo read.
Originally, many believed it was due to reports that had emerged hours earlier that some Americans were being beaten up or harassed at Taliban checkpoints, as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin even confirmed on a call with members of Congress, as Politico reported.
As it would turn out, the situation was far more concerning than the actions of some Taliban members beating up Americans.
While the Pentagon still hasn’t offered specifics on the ISIS threat, officials did confirm to Fox News that it was the ISIS threat that triggered the embassy’s surprising warning memo. Another official added: “There are other terrorist groups we are concerned about as well.”
Biden continues lying
During his Friday speech to the nation, at which he only called on five pre-selected reporters from administration-friendly media outlets, Biden insisted that that terrorist groups like Al Qaeda were “gone” from Afghanistan.
Once again, Biden’s own top officials, this time Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, had to clarify Biden’s false statement, admitting later on that the terrorist group still has a “presence” in Afghanistan.
“We are mindful that the situation is dynamic and fluid, and we are doing everything we can to conduct a safe and orderly evacuation,” Kirby told Fox News.
Biden pledged on Friday to “mobilize every resource necessary,” to evacuate American citizens, but so far, with the exception of one rescue mission via Chinook helicopter that was conducted “outside of the wire,” it appears as if for some unknown reason, U.S. combat troops have been restrained from conducting rescue missions by the Biden administration.
It’s clear at this point that Biden is facing a monumental disaster of a crisis during which he hasn’t even shown a modicum of presidential leadership. What this means for his future is anyone’s guess, but his approach to the situation has already lost him valuable allies in the press.