Texts from military commanders show anger about Afghan withdrawal: ‘f***ing abandoning Americans’
Text messages and emails between U.S. military commanders and private citizens reveal the anger among some military leaders about leaving Americans behind in Afghanistan.
“We are f***ing abandoning American citizens,” wrote one Army colonel assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in a series of encrypted messages obtained by Just The News.
A group of U.S. citizens were left stranded at the Kabul airport and were pleading for military assistance but were allegedly rejected when military officials told the citizens they were finished with evacuations, according to former Special Forces operative Michael Yon.
The reports of Americans stranded behind enemy lines draw a grave comparison to President Biden’s assertions that his withdrawal was an “extraordinary success.”
“Everyone is having a hard time getting in the gate. AMCITs [American citizens] can’t get past TB [Taliban] check points,” wrote an Army colonel in a text on Sunday. “I am only aware of a handful of families that are still trying to get in right now.”
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American citizens that were left behind at the airport were “waving their passports and screaming, ‘I’m American,'” Yon said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. The incidents reportedly took place just hours after the U.S. military left the airport, leaving the Taliban full control of the country.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby admitted some U.S. citizens were left behind on Tuesday, saying efforts will be made to bring them home safely.
“It’s not completely unlike the way we do it elsewhere around the world,” Kirby said during a press briefing. “We have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time, and we do everything we can to try to facilitate safe passage.”
The Biden administration has taken heavy bipartisan criticism for handling the Afghanistan withdrawal and leaving Americans behind.
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“I have messages from Americans outside Kabul’s gates who are now stranded in Afghanistan. It’s reprehensible that Pres. Biden’s left behind Americans along with Afghans who fought along side us, but has no problem leaving our Southern Border wide open to anyone who wants to come,” Rep. Mike Waltz tweeted.
“I will continue working to assist Americans and Afghan partners trying to leave Afghanistan. Leaving any American citizen behind is unacceptable, and I will keep pushing this administration to do everything in its power to get our people out,” Democratic Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly tweeted.