A new report from the Associated Press claims President Joe Biden had U.S. military forces leave Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield secretively, in the dead of night, without notifying Afghan forces of the withdrawal.
Afghan military officials allege that the base’s Afghan commander didn’t learn of the U.S. withdrawal until two hours after American troops had already left.
The lack of coordination and communication reportedly led to looters taking advantage of the situation.
According to the Daily Mail, before military officials could get to the site, looters had “broken in and carried away many items that the soldiers had left behind — including laptops, stereo speakers, bicycles, and guitars, which were being hawked from second-hand shops by Sunday morning.”
A rocky start under Biden
According to the AP, Afghanistan officials claim that the U.S. also left behind weapons and ammunition, as well as hundreds of military vehicles, some of which were reportedly left without keys.
Some 5,000 prisoners were also said to have been left unattended until Afghanistan forces responded.
“In one night, they lost all the goodwill of 20 years by leaving the way they did, in the night, without telling the Afghan soldiers who were outside patrolling the area,” one Afghan soldier told the AP.
Pinning the blame
It’s a situation many are blaming directly on the White House.
“I think things would have been very different if President Trump had secured the peace accord he was on track to secure. In my view, this is a layered security failure,” former assistant secretary of state Robert Charles told Fox News, according to BizPacReview.
Charles went on: “The first thing that’s going to happen is you pull the tripwires, so now the level of deterrence you had against bad acts by the Taliban, by ISIS, by Al Qaeda is gone. That’s the first error, the second one is they think they can secure the situation in the withdrawal with one carrier, the Ronald Reagan, that they pulled out of the Western Pacific.”
Indeed, President Biden’s leadership when it comes to the military in Afghanistan had already gotten off to a rough start. In just the latest misstep, Biden’s decision to secretly leave gave the Taliban an opportunity — and it was fortunate nothing tragic happened, outside of some looting.
Still, Charles says the worst may be yet to come. “The last big issue is you let China move in, which they are planning to do, they are already working with the Taliban to control about $3 trillion worth of minerals, including 17 rare earths that are in Afghanistan,” he said, as BizPacReview reported.