The Biden administration wants you to forget about the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, but newly leaked White House documents are bringing new information to light that reopens old wounds.
Leaked notes reveal that the Biden administration was completely unprepared for the fallout from the poorly organized withdrawal, and had no idea how to evacuate Afghan nationals that risked their lives to support the US mission in Afghanistan.
A document entitled “Summary of Conclusions for Meeting of the Deputies Small Group” reveals that senior Biden administration officials held a meeting on “Relocations out of Afghanistan” after the Taliban began flooding Kabul, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of August 14, 2021.
The document shows that top administration officials including National Security Council official Liz Sherwood-Randall and Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were just starting the planning process for evacuations of US allies in the nation as the Taliban made its move on the abandoned city.
Among “immediate” priorities of the meeting were plans to “identify as many countries as possible to serve as transit points. Transit points need to be able to accommodate U.S. citizens, Afghan nationals, third country nationals, and other evacuees.’
The document also noted that “Embassy Kabul will notify LES [locally employed staff] to begin to register their interest in relocation to the United States and begin to prepare immediately for departure …”
The document lists actions that should have been taken weeks, if not months before abandoning vulnerable Afghan nationals to their fate in the hasty withdrawal.
President Joe Biden received enormous amounts of backlash for the disastrous withdrawal in the Summer of 2021, but with the help of the establishment media, the crisis was soon forgotten.
However, these new documents once again highlight Biden’s inability to lead both at home and abroad. White House officials immediately started damage control, calling the legitimacy of criticisms based on the documents into question.
A National Security Council spokesperson fired back at the growing backlash by declaring: “While we’re not going to comment on leaked internal documents, cherry-picked notes from one meeting do not reflect the months of work that were already underway.”
Not only is the Biden administration battling bad press due to the leaked notes, but a new report released by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also found that Biden left as many as 9,000 Americans behind during the withdrawal — despite Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s claims that no more than 150 were abandoned in the hostile land.
The report, signed by Foreign Relations ranking member Jim Risch of Idaho, noted that the State Department estimated that 10-15,000 Americans were in Afghanistan prior to the withdrawal, but only evacuated 6,000 before leaving the country for good.