Thousands of Americans are said to still be trapped in Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s failed attempt to withdraw all U.S. troops from the country, a move that resulted in Kabul falling into Taliban control. But it doesn’t seem that anyone will be losing their job over the ordeal — at least not yet.
According to a new report from Axios, the White House has made no indication thus far that it plans on ousting any senior administration officials over the botched military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Axios said Sunday that “President Biden isn’t inclined to fire any senior national security officials over the chaos in Kabul unless the situation drastically deteriorates or there’s significant loss of American life.”
Biden defends his record
Axios also made clear that Biden is still defending his decision to suddenly pull troops out of Afghanistan.
“I think that history is going to record this was the logical, rational, right decision to make,” he claimed last week, according to the outlet.
“Let me be clear: The evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul was going to be hard and painful no matter when it started, when we began,” the president added.
“It would have been true if we had started a month ago — or a month from now,” Biden said. “There’s no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss of heartbreaking images you see on television. It’s just a fact.”
“Fell without any fighting”
Despite Biden’s claims, some reports have suggested that his decisions on the withdrawal front may have hastened Afghanistan’s fall into Taliban hands.
A Wall Street Journal article published on Aug. 14 revealed that before the summer fighting season began, Biden withdrew contract personnel who were servicing Afghanistan’s military aircraft. The Journal noted that many of the Afghan army’s remote outposts could only be resupplied by air, meaning the move left troops with little options for defense.
“Everyone just surrendered their guns and ran away,” one Afghan soldier told the Journal. “We didn’t receive any help from the central government, and so the district fell without any fighting.”
Biden also reportedly chose not to deploy American airpower to slow the Taliban’s advance, a move that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been critical of.
Pompeo told Fox News’ Maria Bartimono on Sunday that the Trump administration “used American power and made clear to the Taliban that there would be real consequences” for aggression. “What happened here, Maria, is you had a leader who was unprepared to do that,” Pompeo said of Biden, according to Fox.