President Joe Biden and others in his administration have happily proclaimed that the emergency evacuation and troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was an incredible success, while downplaying that many Americans and Afghan allies of U.S. forces were left behind.
But while the abandonment may be fine with Biden and his top officials, it isn’t sitting well at all with the troops who were involved in the chaotic evacuation effort, Just the News reported exclusively Wednesday.
Just the News reportedly obtained private text messages and emails from a former Special Operations soldier-turned-war correspondent that showed both disappointment and fury from at least one official over the fact that Americans were left behind in Kabul.
Americans abandoned in Afghanistan
The messages reportedly came from journalist Michael Yon, who, in addition to covering the chaos, had also been working jointly with private networks and the military to help deliver American citizens — referred to as “AMCITs” in the messages — to the Kabul airport so they could be evacuated.
In a series of texts between Yon and a U.S. Army colonel with the 82nd Airborne Division, the officer lamented that U.S. citizens were having a difficult time getting past the Taliban checkpoints set up outside the perimeter of the airport.
Asked by Yon to confirm that it was “AMCITs” and not just Afghans being blocked from the airport by the Taliban, the colonel replied, “Yes, we are f*****g abandoning American citizens.”
Left behind at the gate
Yon also shared with Just the News a furious email he had sent Tuesday to a U.S. Army major that read, “You guys left American citizens at the gate of the Kabul airport.”
“Three empty jets paid for by volunteers were waiting for them. You and I talked on the phone. I told you where they were. Gave you their passport images. And my email and phone number. And you left them behind,” the correspondent explained.
“And this is Special Operations Command. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman] General Milley also knew,” Yon added. “Great job saving yourselves. Probably get a lot of medals.”
“People were turned away”
In an interview with John Solomon of Just the News, Yon was even more blunt. “We had them out there waving their passport screaming, ‘I’m American,'” he explained. “People were turned away from the gate by our own Army.”
Representatives of the Biden administration have largely sought to dismiss the tragedy of American citizens being left behind in a country now controlled by the Taliban — but Yon isn’t letting them off the hook without publicizing exactly what went down in Kabul.
“We get them to the gate, and the U.S. Army completely fails this saying, ‘Oh, we can’t do it, because the Department of the State tells us we can’t do it,'” Yon explained, contradicting the official narrative from the White House, according to Just the News. “The Taliban would have let them in” the airport gate, he added, but not the U.S. military. “This is the kind of insanity that we’re down to.”