Anonymous White House officials say they are ‘horrified’ citizens are still on the ground and we ‘failed a no-fail mission’
- Some within the administration do not agree with President Joe Biden that the Afghanistan withdrawal was an ‘extraordinary success’
- ‘I am absolutely appalled and literally horrified we left Americans there,’ one administration said in a Tuesday report from Politico
- ‘It was a hostage rescue of thousands of Americans,’ they added, ‘and we have failed that no-fail mission’
- The withdrawal left at least 100 Americans behind and resulted in the death of 13 U.S. troops in a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport last week
- ‘I give you my word with all of my heart, I believe this is the right decision, the wise decision, and the best decision for America,’ Biden said in Tuesday remarks
‘I am absolutely appalled and literally horrified we left Americans there,’ one administration official told Politico on Tuesday. ‘It was a hostage rescue of thousands of Americans in the guise of a NEO, and we have failed that no-fail mission.’
An NEO is a noncombatant evacuation operation. Another White House official told Politico that the mission cannot be labeled as accomplished if Americans are left behind.
The fury from inside administration was reported as Republicans tore into the president over his call with ex-Afghanistan President Ghani that shows he knew the local army was collapsing and polls showed his approval ratings slipping further.
There are still American citizens trying to get out of Kabul, thousands of Afghan allies have been left behind and the Taliban have been openly flaunting the weapons the US left behind.