Just Like in the third and final movie from The Matrix I just wanna scream “THE WAR IS OVER”
That’s right you read it here folks, America’s longest war is over.
The United States finished its withdrawal efforts from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, effectively ending a two-decade conflict that began not long after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
After the Pentagon’s announcement that all troops have been withdrawn, President Joe Biden, in a statement Monday evening, thanked the American military and said he would address the nation Tuesday afternoon about his decision not to extend the U.S. mission in Afghanistan beyond Aug. 31.
“The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in U.S. history, evacuating over 120,000 U.S. citizens, citizens of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States,” the president said in the statement.
“They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.”
A great statement from the president “ yes I really mean that” but still, and I say this with pretty much the rest of anyone that’s been following the story. That while our military performed their duty without question and with honor the leadership from senior officers and political administrators was severely lacking and full of misinformation and poor planning.
up and In the final week of the withdrawal, terrorists from the group ISIS-K killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans in an attack outside the airport. U.S. forces retaliated and launched strikes in a bid to thwart other attacks.
The last C-17 military cargo aircraft departed Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday afternoon Eastern time, according to U.S. Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, completing a massive evacuation effort that flew more than 116,000 people out of Afghanistan over the past two weeks.
McKenzie, who oversees U.S. military operations in the region, said the Taliban did not have direct knowledge of the U.S military’s time of departure ( I don’t know how? It was blasted all over CNN and other news outlets including this one), adding that commanders on the ground “chose to keep that information very restricted.”
“But they were actually very helpful and useful to us as we closed down operations,” McKenzie said of the Taliban.
McKenzie said there were no Americans on the last five flights out of Kabul.
“We were not able to bring any Americans out; that activity probably ended about 12 hours before our exit. Although we continue the outreach and would have been prepared to bring them on until the very last minute, but none of them made it to the airport,” McKenzie said.
The four-star general added that there were no refugees or other evacuees left at the airfield when the last C-17 took off and confirmed that all U.S. service members and troops from the Afghan military force along with their families were also airlifted out on Monday.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated later on Monday that fewer than 200 Americans are still seeking evacuation. Yea that’s right those last five flight really were not necessary for other U.S citizens it seems.
“Our commitment to them and to all Americans in Afghanistan and everywhere in the world continues. The protection and welfare of Americans abroad remains the State Department’s most vital and enduring mission,” the nation’s top diplomat said in an evening address.
As of early Monday, U.S. and allied forces evacuated 1,200 people out of the Afghan capital on 26 military cargo aircraft flights in a 24-hour period, according to the latest figures from the White House.
About 122,800 people have been evacuated since the end of July, including about 6,000 U.S. citizens and their families.
“A new chapter of America’s engagement with Afghanistan has begun. It’s one in which we will lead with our diplomacy. The military mission is over. A new diplomatic mission has begun,” Blinken said.
Blinken added that the U.S. had suspended its diplomatic presence in Kabul and will transfer those operations to Doha, Qatar.
“We will remain vigilant in monitoring threats ourselves and will maintain robust counterterrorism capabilities in the region to neutralize those threats if necessary as demonstrated in the past few days by striking ISIS facilitators.
The Pentagon on Saturday released the names of the 13 U.S. service members killed after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive near the gates of Kabul’s airport.
The Aug. 26 attack, which killed 11 Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier, is under investigation.
On Sunday, the president and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Dover Air Force Base to meet privately with the families of the fallen before observing the dignified transfer of American flag-draped caskets from a C-17 military cargo plane to a vehicle.
A dignified transfer is a solemn process in which the remains of fallen service members are carried from an aircraft to a waiting vehicle. It is conducted for every U.S. service member killed in action and is the ultimate honor a fallen soldier deserves for the sacrifice they and their families made and we owe it as a unified country to show support and honor to them.
The remains of the service members were flown from Kabul to Kuwait and then to Germany before arriving at Dover.
Sunday marked the first time Biden has attended a dignified transfer since he became president.