Joe Biden completely botched the military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Now Biden’s blunder could lead to life and death consequences.
And now the Taliban hit Joe Biden with an ultimatum that forced this impossible choice.
Joe Biden abandoned thousands of Americans behind Taliban lines by withdrawing the military first before the civilians.
Now the military is racing against time to save American lives before the worst happens.
Joe Biden set an August 31 deadline to remove all military forces from Afghanistan, but Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he would consider leaving troops in the country until all Americans are evacuated.
“The commitment holds to get everyone out that, in fact, we can get out and everyone that should come out,” Biden added, “and that’s the objective. That’s what we’re doing now. That’s the path we’re on. And I think we’ll get there.”
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen rejected that out of hand.
Shaheen told the U.K.’s Sky News that the August 31 deadline was a red line and implied that the Taliban would attack soldiers or American civilians if U.S. troops remained in Afghanistan past the withdrawal date.
“President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that,” Shaheen stated. “If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations – the answer is no. Or there would be consequences. It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.”
Biden is running out of time to make this decision.
The administration only evacuated a fraction of the thousands of Americans in Afghanistan and there is little chance all Americans in the country will make it the Kabul Airport by August 31.
And the military told Biden he had just one day to decide to extend the mission past the August 31 deadline.
CNN exclusively reports:
The US military is advising President Joe Biden that he must decide by Tuesday whether to extend the evacuation in Afghanistan beyond August 31, according to a defense official directly familiar with the discussions, though Biden has yet to make a decision.
Military advisers have told the White House that the decision must be made by Tuesday in order to have enough time to withdraw the 5,800 troops currently on the ground, as well as their equipment and weapons. If the President agrees, the military anticipates “a few more days” of trying to evacuate as many people as possible before the drawdown of US forces begins, possibly at the end of this week.
Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal left the administration with the choice of putting troops in harm’s way or deserting thousands of Americans facing the prospect of death by execution at the hands of the Taliban.
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