A White House official said they were ‘appalled and literally horrified’ that President Joe Biden left Americans helpless in Afghanistan. An administration said they were literally shocked by the president’s decision to leave American citizens behind at the mercy of the Taliban, as they are known to engage in violent torture and executions.
“I am absolutely appalled and literally horrified that we left Americans there,” the official said. “It was a hostage rescue of thousands of Americans in the guise of a noncombatant evacuation operation and we have failed that no-fail mission.”
Another official said they did not consider the mission to be completed if there were Americans abandoned in Afghanistan.
Tuesday, Biden claimed the success of one of the “biggest airlifts in history,” pointing out more than 120,000 individuals were airlifted to safety from Kabul, saying that “no nation has ever done anything like it in all of history.” Biden described the mission as an “extraordinary success.”
“Only the U.S. had the capacity, the will, and the ability to do it, and we did it, and we did it today,” Biden added, praising the “bravery and selfless courage” of U.S. military, diplomats, and intelligence professionals.