The shocking news from Afghanistan this weekend have now echoed around the world: the US-backed government has now completely collapsed with the President fleeing the country and the Taliban are now in indisputable control of the capital of Kabul while what remains of US forces in the region are confined to the tiny Kabul airport where scenes of chaos and death are unfolding at an alarming speed.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is nowhere to be found, not having spoken to the country in days while presumably being holed up with his advisors at Camp David.
US soldiers tasked with securing the airport are now faced with rampaging mobs of desperate afghans trying to flee the city by any means available. As of this morning, civilian flights have now been canceled due to mobs rushing planes as they attempt to disembark:
This footage will still be played in 100 years. It now joins images of the retreat from Saigon and the naked Vietnamese girl as one of the west’s most shameful moments in modern history. pic.twitter.com/kcGLKLs5yG
— David Patrikarakos (@dpatrikarakos) August 16, 2021
The Kabul Airport is totally out of control pic.twitter.com/XTflTBSQGI
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) August 15, 2021
Five people have now reportedly been killed at the airport in unclear circumstances, it has also been reported that American troops tasked with maintaining order have been forced to repeatedly fire warning shots to keep the mob at bay.
As of Monday morning, the 5,000 plus strong force of US soldiers and marines is still trapped at the airport along with potentially thousands of US and European nationals who are still awaiting evacuation.
Truly a weekend that will live in infamy for President Joe Biden who insisted again and again in recent weeks that the situation in Afghanistan would not turn into a 21st century ‘Saigon moment’:
Biden only WEEKS AGO: "The likelihood there's going to be, the Taliban overrunning everything, and owning the whole county is highly unlikely."
I've asked numerous questions of the Biden Admin as to their plans. They never had any answers.
This is Joe Biden’s Saigon. pic.twitter.com/Nm2oP9eQ0Y
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) August 14, 2021