According to a new report, the United States turned down an offer from the Taliban to take full control of Kabul, allowing thousands of U.S. citizens, allies and others to evacuate.
The report from the Washington Post alleges that the Taliban offered President Joe Biden to take over the city as they remained outside until the withdraw deadline of August 31st came. The U.S. denied the offer, allowing the Taliban to storm in and take control of Kabul.
The Washington Post reported:
In a hastily arranged in-person meeting, senior U.S. military leaders in Doha — including McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command — spoke with Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political wing.
“We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”
Throughout the day, Biden had remained resolute in his decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan. The collapse of the Afghan government hadn’t changed his mind.
McKenzie, aware of those orders, told Baradar that the U.S. mission was only to evacuate American citizens, Afghan allies and others at risk. The United States, he told Baradar, needed the airport to do that.
On the spot, an understanding was reached, according to two other U.S. officials: The United States could have the airport until Aug. 31. But the Taliban would control the city.
The development shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering President Joe Biden is quickly proving to be the most incompetent president in U.S. history.
According to a different report from Politico, the Biden Administration knew about a potential “mass casualty” attack 24 hours before a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, yet did nothing.
The Pentagon’s failure to do anything resulted in the deaths of 13 Marines.
Speaking from a secure video conference room on the third floor of the Pentagon at 8 a.m. Wednesday — or 4:30 p.m. in Kabul — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin instructed more than a dozen of the department’s top leaders around the world to make preparations for an imminent “mass casualty event,” according to classified detailed notes of the gathering shared with POLITICO.