WASHINGTON, D.C., (LifeSiteNews) — After drawing intense bipartisan criticism for failing to address the nation amid a turbulent withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, President Biden is now set to give a speech on the situation Monday afternoon.
The news comes after reports indicated Biden would give an address “in the next few days.”
Many have decried Biden’s silence on the rapidly escalating situation, leading to calls for the president to resign.
The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan triggered a rapid descent into chaos in the region over the weekend, with radical Islamic Taliban insurgents seizing power of the capital city, Kabul, as Americans abandoned the embassy and thousands of Afghan citizens desperately attempted to flee the country.
After repeated assurances from the Biden Administration that a takeover by the Taliban was by no means imminent, this weekend saw a swift toppling of the Afghan leadership supported by the U.S. government as the Taliban moved with lightning speed to take control.
In humiliating images reminiscent of the hasty evacuation of thousands of U.S. personnel from the American embassy in Saigon, Vietnam in 1975, American officials at the U.S. embassy in Kabul were pictured being evacuated via helicopter amid the rapid fall of the Afghan government to Taliban forces.
Sensitive documents were destroyed and the American flag was lowered at the embassy, while officials were transported to the Kabul airport and heavily-defended Green Zone.
As of Monday the Taliban entered Kabul and occupied the presidential palace practically without resistance after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
The situation has continued to rapidly deteriorate.
Flights at the Kabul airport were reportedly grounded after Afghan citizens broke through security onto the tarmac in a desperate attempt to flee the country. Reports indicate that several Afghan citizens fell to their deaths after clinging onto planes taking off from the airport.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported Monday morning that national security advisers with the Biden administration “have made clear… they don’t consider the airport secure right now.”
The US military has suspended air operations at the Kabul airport while troops try to clear the airfield of Afghans who flooded the tarmac, per @barbarastarrcnn. Biden’s national security advisers have made clear this a.m. they don’t consider the airport secure right now.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 16, 2021
Hours later the Wall Street Journal reported that armed men had been shot and killed after they approached American troops helping with the evacuation effort.
“U.S. troops shot and killed two armed men at Kabul’s international airport, according to a U.S. official,” the Journal reported.
“The armed men, who numbered at least two, approached U.S. troops deployed to the airport to provide security and assist Americans and other individuals in a safe departure from Afghanistan, the official said. Few details were available about how things transpired between the U.S. troops and the armed men, who weren’t identified.”
In July President Biden dismissed concerns that the Afghan government would collapse following the drawdown of U.S. troops, telling reporters that it was “not true” that the administration’s intelligence community foresaw the crumbling of the regime.
“That is not true,” Biden said. “They did not — they didn’t — did not reach that conclusion.”
“The Afghan government and leadership has to come together,” Biden continued. “It’s not a question of whether they have the capacity. They have the capacity. They have the forces. They have the equipment. The question is: Will they do it?”
Biden said that the U.S. would not simply “walk away” and fail to sustain the Afghan government, adding “[w]e’re going to also work to make sure we help them in terms of everything from food necessities and other things in — in the region.”
“The likelihood there’s going to be one unified government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely,” the president added.
Biden also dismissed allegations that a withdrawal from Kabul would be akin to the disastrous evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon in 1975.
“The Taliban is not the south—the North Vietnamese army,” Biden alleged. “They’re not—they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the—of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.”
Images of U.S. officials being airlifted via helicopter from the Kabul embassy have been juxtaposed beside shots of the Saigon evacuation on social media, along with Biden’s statements arguing that what took place over the weekend would not occur.
— Erica 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@EricaRN4USA) August 16, 2021
Secretary of State Blinken during a June 7 Foreign Affairs Committee hearing:
“If there is a significant deterioration in security, I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.” pic.twitter.com/6mqpIjUbmA
— Evan Hill (@evanhill) August 15, 2021
“I don’t think the fact that our forces are withdrawing – one, we’re not withdrawing, we’re staying. The embassy’s staying, our programs are staying, we’re working to make sure that other partners stay, we’re building all of that up,” Blinken said. “
And whatever happens in Afghanistan, if there is a significant deterioration in security – that could well happen. We’ve discussed this before. I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.”
While the Biden administration’s actions appear to have caused chaos in Afghanistan and a poor image of U.S. foreign policy, the roots of the current crisis go back further than the current administration.
The Biden Administration has incredibly given permission to U.S. embassies to fly the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag alongside the American flag for the rest of the year.
This order is an outrageous and insulting affront to American identity and sovereignty, and must be rescinded immediately!
Please SIGN this petition to demand that U.S. embassies around the world fly the American flag ONLY!
According to a leaked memo, quoted below and published by Human Events News on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged embassies to push Black Lives Matter messaging and authorized them to "hang BLM flags" "for calendar year 2021."
"As outlined below, Chiefs of Mission may decide to hang BLM flags, as appropriate and depending on local context. This cable constitutes a blanket written authorization for calendar year 2021 from the Under Secretary for Management (M) to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission."
"The Department supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact."
Of course, eliminating racism is a positive thing, but NOT by promoting the Black Lives Matter organization or movement which have been linked to the following radical actions and ideas:
- Violent protests and the general destabilization of our society
- Defunding of our police departments
- The overthrow of the nuclear family
- Perpetual marxist revolution
Only a miniscule proportion of the American population supports the radical ideology and actions of the BLM organization and movement. In fact, polling shows that a strong majority of Americans believe that "All Lives Matter," rather than just the lives of just one race of Americans.
The Biden Administration's promotion of this Leftist symbolism and ideology is both dangerous and deliberately misleading.
And, it is the worst kind of virtue signaling, as the message being sent to the rest of the world is: "Get on board with the radical, marxist and revolutionary ideology of the BLM organization and movement if you want a favorable response from the United States government."
This kind of cultural imperialism and coercion is downright insulting to our allies and partners abroad.
But, it also demonstrates how the current U.S. administration is beholden to the radical leftist element of the Democratic Party -- which is downright insulting to most average Americans.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition demanding that the U.S. Department of State rescind permission to fly the BLM flag at U.S. embassies around the world.
Then, please CONTACT the Department of State by email or by telephone, to politely, but firmly, demand that only the U.S. flag, and not the BLM flag, be flown at U.S. diplomatic installations.
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The Biden administration accelerated the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops last month, after former president Donald Trump signed a withdrawal agreement in February 2020.
Biden initially planned to leave 650 troops in Kabul to defend the American embassy, but after the fallout from the drawdown led to almost immediate occupation of the city by the Taliban, 4,000 troops have been sent out to aid in the evacuation efforts.
Former Afghanistan ambassador Ryan Crocker, who earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom during his four-decade career in which he served as a U.S. ambassador in six countries, told the Spokesman-Review the swift deterioration of Afghanistan was a long time in the making.
“We’ve spent the last almost two years delegitimizing the Afghan government and its security forces,” he said. “It has destroyed the morale of the government and certainly of its security forces.”
The unfolding chaos in Afghanistan has caused massive backlash in the U.S., particularly as Biden has thus far failed to give a public statement and has remained on vacation at Camp David in Maryland. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has also been unavailable for comment, with FOX News reporting that Psaki will be out of the office until August 22.
To confirm Fox reporting –
We asked Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki for comment about Afghanistan.
Here the actual automated response: “I will be out of the office from August 15th-August 22nd.” pic.twitter.com/PCi8gDqhwL
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) August 16, 2021
Former President Donald Trump, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and even members of the legacy media have criticized the Biden administration’s silence and handling of the situation, with some calling for the invocation of the 25th amendment to remove President Biden from office.
The president is set to address the nation at 3:45pm EST Monday.