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Afghanistan: U.S. Embassy Evacuates, American Citizens Left Behind, Told To “Shelter in Place”

Afghanistan: U.S. Embassy Evacuates, American Citizens Left Behind, Told To “Shelter in Place”

Biden admin threatens Taliban with a “response” if stranded Americans are harmed.

While the U.S. ambassador and diplomats have reportedly reached the Kabul airport, thousands of Americans could still be stranded in Afghanistan.

With Afghan capital under Taliban’s control and the airport under fire, the Embassy is advising U.S nationals to seek “shelter in place.”

“The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place,” the embassy website said on Sunday.

The U.S. and allied troops were trying to secure the airport. “NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was working to keep Kabul airport running as the Taliban closed in on power,” German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle confirmed.

President Joe Biden’s administration, which pleaded the Taliban to “spare” the U.S. embassy ahead of their onslaught on the Afghan capital, is now threatening them with  a “response” if they targeted the stranded Americans. The Biden White House “warned Taliban officials directly that the U.S. would respond if the Taliban attacked Americans during the temporary U.S. military deployments,” the Associated Press reported on Friday.

The rapid collapse of Afghan government forces in face of Taliban offensive appears to have come as a surprise to President Biden and his team. On Saturday, the Biden White House presented a last-minute scramble to evacuate U.S. diplomats and service personnel.

Until recently, the Biden administrations had been denying the need for a full-scale evacuation. “This is not abandonment. This is not an evacuation. This is not a wholesale withdrawal,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday. “What this is is a reduction in the size of our civilian footprint.”

Britain and Germany, major contributors to the U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan, were also undertaking similar rescue missions.

“The UK said about 600 troops would be deployed on a short-term basis to support British nationals leaving,” British newspaper The Guardian reported on Thursday. A British SAS team has been send to rescue the ambassador and diplomatic staff stationed in Kabul, UK newspapers confirmed.

“The German military will start with the evacuation of German citizens and afghan local staff on Monday. According to media reports, several A400M transport aircrafts will be on their way to the Afghan capital and bring the people to safety,” the German public broadcaster ARD reported on Sunday.

Updates

Kabul airport is now closed to commercial flights as evacuation are underway.

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Pray that all Americans escape Kabul in one piece. Bless our military! Hopefully all our civilian translators, etc. make it out okay….Meanwhile Liz Cheney is blaming Pres. Trump & Mike Pompeo for this poor exit from Afghanistan!

    alaskabob in reply to Kelly in ME. | August 15, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    How nice of Liz to deflect. The Democrat Congress refused to honor the Vietnam Paris Peace Treaty leaving South Vietnam on its own against the cumulative resources of Russia and China to arm And rearm the North. Ford was President but the Democrats determined South Vietnam’s fate. The Dems have done it again. Could it be they favored Communism then and Islam now? Where they go suffering follows. Look out your window and see.

    ConradCA in reply to Kelly in ME. | August 16, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    We should have maintained control over Bagram airbase for our evacuation because it’s defendable. Move the Embassy staff, citizens and select Afghans to Bagram airbase. We have to beg the Taliban to let us leave because they could stop our evacuation using the Kabul airport.

In as many trimesters, Libya, and Iraq before. Another world war?

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to n.n. | August 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Wars are expensive. Why bother with that when our enemies have fools and patsies in positions of power here who will just have our nation stand down and let them do what they want? This debacle ought to serve as a big ass warning to other nations that rely on us to start doing what they can to better protect themselves and not rely on us so much. Will that lead to a World War? Who knows! But what I can say with some certainty is that this has shaken the confidence of our allies that we will really have their backs when push comes to shove and that is not something that will go away any time soon, even if Biden and his administration were forced out of power tomorrow.

      Well put. I wonder what Taiwan is now thinking? China may never have a better opportunity with such a weak US administration, after the Winter Olympics in China next February. Any conflict over Taiwan would be a Black Swan event for both our economy and stock market.

        ConradCA in reply to jb4. | August 16, 2021 at 5:37 pm

        I hope that Taiwan has nuclear. weapons and a way to deliver them to every major city in China. I expect that Israel could have helped Taiwan.

      Our real enemies are the progressive fascist Democratic Party.

I am sure the Pentagon will suspend (at least temporarily) its jihad against non-existent “white supremacists” in the ranks and actually do it’s job.

HAHA!! Just kidding!

Something this big you’d think Biden would be monitoring it from the Situation Room as events unfold. But noooo! He called a lid and went home to Maryland.

“Mistakes of this caliber are not mistakes.” Ayn Rand

    Idonttweet in reply to stevewhitemd. | August 15, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    In a 2014 book, former SecDef Robert Gates said that Biden had been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issues over the previous forty years. He’s just keeping the string alive.

      henrybowman in reply to Idonttweet. | August 15, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Don’t forget his impressive War on Crack, that was going to keep crack out of the entire US. Joe couldn’t even keep crack out of his house.

    kak185ttx in reply to stevewhitemd. | August 16, 2021 at 8:58 am

    This is all the plans of Obama abd crew.

Thanks, Vijeta, for the up-to-the-minute reporting.

“Shelter in place”..=..You are now hostages…..prepare to be beheaded on world-wide video…..your government has declared itself unwilling and powerless to help you….may God help you.
The entire U.S. military, in its current “woke” status, is unable or unwilling to prevent the slaughter of anti-taliban afganis and foreign nationals. The Norks are chortling in their kimchee, as many others are savoring their victory over the abject humiliation and impotence of their favorite democrat turncoats.

This is the mere beginning of a most tragic time.

    zennyfan in reply to bear. | August 15, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    No, Dems will blame Trump and the sycophantic media will print their lies. Even if Biden had adopted the Trump plan in toto, he’s responsible for its implementation and for ignoring the generals who said a residual force was necessary. Trump made a bad withdrawal deal, although excluding the cowardly Afghans wasn’t the worst of it, and Biden somehow came up with something even worse, put it in motion, and left the building.

      mailman in reply to zennyfan. | August 15, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      Fuck off. Biden is President now, that brain dead fuck OWNS this debacle completely.

      Perhaps if Bidens generals hadn’t spent so much time concentrating on their TRUE enemies (Americans who aren’t Democrats) they might have had more time to plan for Americas withdrawal from Afghanistan.

      And let’s not fuck about. We all knew this withdrawal was coming. What no one realised was just how much Biden would fuck this thing up.

      I mean this is a major fuck up of historic proportions and Bidens name will be associated with it for ever.

        JusticeDelivered in reply to mailman. | August 15, 2021 at 5:29 pm

        What concerns me most are those left behind. I think that the Taliban will make a big deal executing them in the most gruesome ways possible, And I also think that a response at least one million fold.

    dunce1239 in reply to bear. | August 15, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Hillary has the answers for debacles such as these . “At this point what difference does it make??”– “I will take responsibility for that”. She never cared at all about the lives lost as a result of her blunders and omissions ass long as she held on to her office that she never earned.

As much as I would like to run with a conspiracy theory this, like the border, is vast incompetence. It would be in the best interest of the Taliban to take hostages to negotiate normalization of diplomatic relations a ward off trade embargoes.

    dunce1239 in reply to ghost dog. | August 15, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    They will take hostages and demand ransom and biden will give them billions on pallets. Just like they did in Iran.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to ghost dog. | August 15, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Why would we want any relations with these savages?

    geronl in reply to ghost dog. | August 15, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    The border was not incompetence. It was purposeful. Afghanistan has been a lie for 20 years.

      ConradCA in reply to geronl. | August 16, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      The fact is that Biden failed at withdrawing our forces and citizens from Afghanistan. When he tells US citizens that he is abandoning them and pleads with the Taliban to let us leave you can see his gross incompetence.

Biden is threatening the Taliban with a “response” if they targeted the stranded Americans. What are they going to use, harsh words?

    I’m surprised Biden didn’t tell the Taliban where all the Americans are located; you know, like he told the Russians which computing systems / domains they weren’t supposed to cyber attack.

      Exiliado in reply to MrE. | August 15, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      “Didn’t tell” ?

      Just wait and see.
      He is probably telling them.

      henrybowman in reply to MrE. | August 15, 2021 at 9:50 pm

      He already just told the Taliban who some of his CIA intelligence operatives are. They were on the video screen in a photo he released of his Afghan withdrawal conference.

      Biden’s legacy is quickly becoming an endless string of one facepalm moment after another.

      As our ambassador to Afghanistan explained, unlike the evacuation of Saigon, Biden’s debacle was a 100% unforced error.

    Ben Kent in reply to Idonttweet. | August 15, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Taliban: “We will behead all Americans in 24 hours unless you pay $1 Trillion”

    Biden: “Okay, that does it, we are going to cancel you – Jill, call Facebook and Twitter”

I think this was pretty much planned. I hope Biteme is proud.

Multiple sources are reporting some Taliban thug called Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been declared the new President of Afghanistan.

    Ben Kent in reply to SField. | August 15, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Mullah Baradar is co-founder of the Tailban and is brother-in-law of Mullah Omar – the last Taliban President of Afghanistan. He was head of the Army under Mullah Omar.

    All indications are that he will rule Afghanistan just as ruthlessly as Mullah Omar.

I remember when Sec Def Austin made all of our military “stand down” so they could get Marxist indoctrination in CRT. I’m sure that was when the Taliban decided to step up their operations because the US was becoming a woke paper tiger.

Our soldiers can now spot “microaggressions” much better than they can spot Taliban. It’s probably a good thing they’re getting out of Afghanistan before the Taliban can take advantage of their top commanders’ emphasis on PC over combat readiness.

    Our soldiers can now spot “microaggressions” much better than they can spot Taliban.

    Yea, but can they use the correct pronouns 100% of the time? Can they identify all 3,250,481,051,624 (and counting) different genders? Can they quote “White Fragility” and “How To Be An Antiracist” from memory?

NEW: US AMBASSADOR HAS LEFT THE EMBASSY IN #KABUL. He and the flag are at the airport, per @CBSNews

Which flag? The BLM flag or the LGBT rainbow flag?

smalltownoklahoman | August 15, 2021 at 5:44 pm

One of the biggest disgraces our country has been made to suffer in decades all thanks to weak leadership by someone who should be in a nursing home, not the White House! Well not just Biden but those behind the scenes pulling strings because this whole damn administration dropped the ball on this! The worst thing (well second worst if the Taliban capture and execute our people) will be that Biden likely won’t suffer anything more than some embarrassment about this, which he likely will soon forget anyways! Under normal circumstances a f*ck up of these proportions would have forced someone out of office but good luck with that with this Administration and it’s enablers!

The Friendly Grizzly | August 15, 2021 at 5:48 pm

I’m reading a thread over at airliners dot net: the US shut down one of the main airports to any civilian traffic, trapping a whole lot of people.

But, I am sure you will all be happy to know that the diplomats and others considered Important got out okay.

America has without question gone to hell in under 8 months.

At least there are no mean tweets.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 15, 2021 at 5:59 pm

In future places where we stick our noses, I doubt many locals will fall into the trap of the promises made to the civilian translators. Work for the US, and you will be crumpled up and thrown away when your usefulness comes to an end. I think the only reason our WW2 code talkers got to the US is because they were from here in the first place.

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | August 15, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    That is certainly going to be one of the lasting problems yes. I don’t think with our country’s often rapidly fluctuating politics, especially with who’s in power, that we are not set up well to deal with long term foreign engagements, at least military ones. Iraq and the changeover from Bush to Obama was a prequel of this I’m not sure there is much we can do about this either except maybe agreeing via treaty to support a country militarily should they need it. That at least would make it more difficult for an incoming administration to screw over what another has accomplished, especially for purely political reasons, such as “f*ck Trump and everything he did” which seems to be the running theme of these fools.

    I am more worried about the amount of military hardware that the Biden* regime just gifted to the Taliban.

    The logistics of making it happen are daunting, but with a wide-open southern US border and American officials shipping illegals all over the US as fast as they can, I would not be surprised to one day see us on the receiving end of that firepower. If the Taliban are smart, they will find a way to get a little bit of those captured American weapons in the hands of Antifa/BLM for the next time they have a “mostly peaceful protest”.

    “In future places where we stick our noses, I doubt many locals will fall into the trap of the promises made to the civilian translators.”

    We haven’t made a lot of headway “exporting US democracy,” but at least we’ve been able to export a clear understanding of the punchline to the joke about “We’re from the US government and we’re here to help you.”

MontanaMilitant | August 15, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Perhaps Biden can ask the US Women’s National Soccer Kneeling Team to visit Kabul soccer stadiums as a peace delegation…..I mean what can wrong in a soccer stadium?

Mike Spann…..say his name.

Watch deflection as Prez-in-name-only attacks Americans at home.

Didn’t I see this same movie back in 1975.

Same helo and all.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=helicopter+saigon&docid=607995523305716647&mid=427F7DADB42645008D04427F7DADB42645008D04&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

“The Last Helicopter Out”

Excuse me. I may vomit.

Aside: Why does it seem like Biden and Obama are in a reverse d*** measuring contest to see who can beat Jimmy Carter to the bottom rung of worst President ever?

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | August 15, 2021 at 10:52 pm

I recall many liberals claiming that foreign countries were laughing at the US when Trump was president.

I would rather have foreign countries laughing at the US, and not killing stranded Americans.

Who here besides me chafes at the thought my government is telling Americans to cower?

Gawd, they hate us don’t they? If we’re not burning down police stations they have no time for us.

Full disclosure. I drive a Mustang because that’s what Bill Overstreet flew.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/164254405251

Yes, it’s mine if the seller accepts my bid.

And thank God for Chrysler building the Hellcat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_F6F_Hellcat

My girlfriend was just saying I need to buy a Hellcat. But I’m pretty sure she was thinking about the Chrysler product.

If it makes her happy I don’t care if I have to replace every nut, bolt, or screw.

UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE:

TO: All embassy personnel in Kabul, Afghanistan
FR: State Department Communications
CC: Biden, Blinken, Milley, Fauci

KABUL HAS FALLEN. HELP IS COMING. SHELTER IN PLACE.

GET VACCINATED.

REPEAT: GET VACCINATED.

That is all.

/End/

Granted the withdrawal was completely botched and many citizens and allies of the United States are going to be killed or at least imprisoned . . . I can’t disagree with the action of finally getting out of that hellhole.

Or as they posted during the ending credits of “Rambo III”
. . . “This movie is dedicated to the brave Mujahideen fighters of Afghanistan” (who were then beating off the Russian imperialists).

And to all those who think the United States “should do more” and keep the troops in Afghanistan for another 2, 5, 10, 20 years, how many of your relatives have volunteered to fight there?

    Ben Kent in reply to Yuckster. | August 16, 2021 at 8:42 am

    @ Yuckster – There is nearly universal agreement across Parties that we had leave.

    The problem is how it was done.

Unless you have a very, very secure bunker shelter in place is the worst thing to do. Shelter in place and wait for what? Who’s coming back for you? At the rate they are moving it will be only days or hours until the bad guys start going door to door for both native non-sympathizers and foreigners of any nation. Don’t forget one of the Taliban’s favorite hobbies is lopping off heads. Load up with all the water and weapons you can carry and get the hell out of dodge. You are surrounded by hostile Nations the coast line would be 1st best choice if do-able. Good luck, God bless, keep low and move at night. Those with escape and evade training please chime in, I know I’ve missed a lot.

Randy in Arizona | August 16, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Inquiring minds want to know:
Were the remaining civilians issued lip extensions?

This miss-administration is far more concerned with masks, pronouns, and injecting poison into the people of the world than a paltry few thousand American Citizens remaining in Afghanistan.

Know what the lip extensions are for?

So you can kiss your a$$ goodbye!

We do a lot of stupid s***. One of the stupidest things we’ve ever done was rearm Japan. But it’s done. I didn’t like it but nobody asks me s***. I’m just your f***ing intel officer.

Why, wasn’t the Kaga one of the ships we (big Navy, not me personally because I wasn’t a gleam in my father’s or mother’s eye back in 42) sunk at Midway?

Yes, yes it was.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/82/24/2b/82242b78db3e4f4e24594be882c1c16a.jpg

She lives.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JS_Kaga

And wouldn’t that DDH, helo carrier, look nice with a few F-35 jump jets parked on the deck?

And the Kirishima?

WWII.

http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/japan/battleships/kirishima/03_kirishima.jpg

Now.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ed/DDG-174_07l.jpg

Why, it’s almost like somebody has a plan. Why, it’s almost like somebody has decided like the Afghans they can’t count on the Americans.

And I can’t tell them they’re wrong. I wanted to. My father hated fighting them the first time but what do I know. I don’t want to do it again. Rearming Japan was stupid but we aren’t known for our smarts are we?

So let’s just vote for Biden.

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Kirishima#:~:text=Kirishima%20was%20the%20third%20of%20the%20Imperial%20Japanese,after%20the%20commissioning%20of%20HMS%20Invincible%20in%201908.

Why, yes it was.

Why, it’s like the Japanese think of their Aegis destroyers as capital ships. And before anyone tells me that Aegis destroyers are old news, they can learn.

This.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/DDH-184_%E3%81%8B%E3%81%8C.jpg

Japan is my dai ni furusato. My second home town. I love Japan.

But I don’t want Japan to have aircraft carriers. Apparently we have a death wish.

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