Saturday marks the second anniversary of the horrific suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport that killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. service members, amid the U.S. military's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 under President Joe Biden.
Now some of the Gold Star parents of those victims are calling for their lost loved ones to be honored by the Biden White House, demanding accountability and transparency over what happened, and even insisting that Biden resign from the presidency in disgrace, the Daily Caller reported.
Those still-grieving parents shared their mounting frustrations over the apparent stubborn refusal of the president and others to admit and apologize for mistakes made or to even specifically honor the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day of August 26, 2021.
"I would say he needs to resign. Because something else is going to happen and he’s not there 100 percent to take decisions and he needs to resign," Carol Briseno, the mother of Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, told the Daily Caller. "Two years ago it was the 13 kids. Maybe next month it’s going to be some other parents losing kids or any other stupid decision that he’s not capable to take."
Briseno was joined in calling for President Biden's resignation by Darin Hoover, the father of Marine SSgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, who also called for the resignations of other top military leaders, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, the secretaries of Defense and State, and the Marine general in charge of U.S. Central Command at the time.
"There is General Milley. There’s Secretary Austin, there’s Secretary Blinken. McKenzie can be involved in that decision as well. Resign. The president needs to resign. Admit their faults," Hoover said.
He added that if Biden "can’t stand up and, in the words of our son Taylor, 'be a grown-ass man and admit your problems,' then absolutely resign. Absolutely, 100 percent resign. Leave it to somebody else that will step up. And take the place and become a leader." Hoover further noted that "our kids had more integrity in their little pinky toes than any one of those men combined."
The Daily Caller shared more heartbreaking recollections and increasingly angry accounts from several of the Gold Star parents about how President Biden and his administration more broadly have all but ignored the sacrifices of their loved ones and treated them with disrespect.
Their legitimate and justifiable complaints range from the fact that the Biden administration has never really specifically honored and memorialized those who died, expressed any real sympathy for the families' losses, been forthright and honest about exactly what occurred, or imposed any sort of changes to ensure such a tragedy won't occur again in a future similar situation.
What those parents told the Daily Caller echoed what was said roughly two weeks ago during a forum hosted by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) that was intended to highlight and honor the sacrifices made and force accountability and transparency on the Biden administration by exposing its dishonest narratives.
"The Biden Administration lied to every one of these Gold Star families, and that's why we brought them forward. These are the words the White House didn’t want the country to hear," Issa said in a statement at that time. "No longer will President Biden be able to turn the page on these families and continue to call the Afghanistan withdrawal a 'success' while hiding the truth from the American people."
The Washington Examiner also marked the grim two-year anniversary of the Kabul airport bombing with a thorough accounting of what is known to have occurred as well as remarks from some of the parents.
And, while it doesn't appear that President Biden has publicly addressed the significance of the date, statements were issued earlier this month by Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin and National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
"The President and the first lady continue to grieve with all the Gold Star families, and especially those who were killed in that terrible day at Abbey Gate," Kirby dubiously said. "There’s not a day that goes by that he and the first lady aren’t thinking about them, mourning with them, and understanding the loss and the sacrifice and the anguish that they’re still feeling."