The situation in Afghanistan is literally deteriorating by the hour, with major cities falling or close to falling to an extremely aggressive wave of Taliban fighters bent on taking back the country.
As Fox News reported, the situation, which is already triggering a global response, doesn’t seem to be one of much concern to President Joe Biden, who left his Delaware home for a weekend getaway at Camp David, as if nothing is happening.
An unnamed U.S. defense official told Fox News that Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city, could fall to Taliban forces within days.
What’s going on?
Not long after Biden’s U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Taliban forces acted quickly to advance on the ground that they’d previously lost. They’ve acted so quickly, in fact, that major hubs of the country, such as its capital city, Kabul, are at risk of being captured at any minute.
U.S. troops, to the tune of thousands, were rapidly deployed on Friday to assist in the evacuation of U.S. personnel still in the war-torn country. Not surprisingly, the State Department and other agencies have attempted to greatly downplay the seriousness of the situation in recent days.
“We are reducing our civilian footprint to a core diplomatic presence. And what that means is that we are going to continue to have a diplomatic presence on the ground in Afghanistan. Our embassy remains open,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
In great contrast, a number of military officers and others with experience in the country are telling a far different tale.
“This is all melting down in a short period of time,” one unnamed military officer reportedly told Fox News.
The situation is “dire”
As Biden spends a relaxing weekend at Camp David, even left-leaning media outlets are sounding the alarm regarding the State Department’s attempt to downplay the disastrous situation.
“The situation at the US Embassy in #Kabul is more dire than what the State Department is saying. Mail has stopped. Nearly all employees are packing up and a very small number will head to another location. Staff are gearing up to destroy sensitive papers, computers, phones,” NPR reporter Tom Bowman tweeted.
According to The New York Times, it was announced on Friday that several U.S. military infantry battalions, roughly 3,000 troops, have been deployed to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to help secure American personnel, with equally large reserve forces on stand-by in nearby Kuwait.
Biden might get by with downplaying the immigration crisis at the U.S border and his botched response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it doesn’t look as if his media allies are going to let him slide on the Afghanistan situation.