Taliban Takes Kabul: U.S. Embassy Shuttered, Afghans Crowd Airport Hoping for Evacuation

How do you feel about the situation in Afghanistan?

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    Joseph
    09/08/2021

    Check out the new docuseries, “Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror” on Netflix. It is an expansive and detailed historical study about HOW & WHY we got to 9/11, with an almost complete history of WHEN & WHY Afghanistan became a focal point for the American government and the American people. This 5 episode series explains so much and in such detail, afterwards you’ll know EXACTLY WHY we left Afghanistan, and WHY we should have left much sooner than August of 2021! It’s ALL there. And it’s ALL the TRUTH! The main idea I got out of it is this: Never go to war without a clear exit strategy that leaves the invaded country better than you found it. NOT doing so will be catastrophic!

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    Deborah
    08/23/2021

    Biden could have prevented this chaos by evacuating the U.S. Citizens and refugees who helped us first, then the equipment, then the military; evacuating the bases last, so our people remained safe in taking off and security would have been more secure. The way Biden did it was unforgivable and he should not only be impeached, but court-martialed and hung for treason.

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    Amy
    08/23/2021

    I’m in shock that it’s unfolded this way. I believe Biden did the only thing he could given trump and pompeo’s crappy deal making and forcing his hand with 2 crappy choices. This situation would have been just as bad, or even worse, had trump still been in office. I think it’s honorable that Biden is owning it and taking responsibility - trump wouldn’t have done that. He would have blamed someone else. At any rate I feel safer knowing that Biden is in charge of this situation instead of trump. But I do feel like the world is less stable now and we are at significant risk of terrorism at the hands of the taliban.

  • 329
    Elliot
    08/23/2021

    I agree with taking our Military out of Afghanistan. But to leave all the innocent people without protection and allowing the Taliban to take control. Biden did you have a plan ? You keep saying it was the right thing getting our people home. It looks more like the Fall of Saigon. You can have all the news conferences to defend your decision. You should have had a plan.

  • 355
    Matt
    08/23/2021

    This is the direct action of the traitors in our own government.

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    Zoe
    08/19/2021

    We need to do everything we can to bring as many Afghan refugees to the United States as possible. The United States has played a huge role in the current situation in Afghanistan and now it has the responsibility of providing safety for refugees, especially women and girls. We need to put the time-consuming paperwork and bureaucracy aside, and get the refugees to safety and work with other countries to ensure that they are also welcoming people fleeing from the Taliban.

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    Frank_001
    08/17/2021

    Repost. Expanded. Following new money. The fabled Silk Road has threaded through Afghanistan for centuries. Afghanistan's location, equidistant between the China Sea and the Mediterranean, made it a strategic ancient crossroads. 21st Century Update: A critical pipeline, power lines and fiberoptics are Afghanistan's new threads. See below. Many ways to view this. Some things not being mentioned at all! One honest way begins with the question "Why didn't the Afghan people deal with their own problems over the 20 years and 2.3 Trillion poured into the country?" Another view begins with the question "If the Biden Admin allowed or allows 20,000 Afghans who allege they provided service, what would the anti-immigrationsts and anti-muslims be saying?" For that matter, what will the advocates for Central & South Americans be saying? Yet another view starts with "Since the Afghans did not ask for America to take over, after chasing the Taliban out of Afghanistan or after assassinating Obama bin Laden, why did we stay? Did someone take a poll?" Finally, for further consideration, what do we / will we learn if we carefully follow the money? $2.3 Trillion! Speaking of money, how come the media has completely ignored the oil pipeline? Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (AKA TAPI) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkmenistan%E2%80%93Afghanistan%E2%80%93Pakistan%E2%80%93India_Pipeline? "Taliban vows to guarantee safety of trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline | Eurasianet" https://eurasianet.org/taliban-vows-to-guarantee-safety-of-trans-afghanistan-gas-pipeline Turkmenistan to start Afghan TAPI construction in 2021 | Oil & Gas Journal https://www.ogj.com/pipelines-transportation/pipelines/article/14188134/turkmenistan-to-start-afghan-tapi-construction-in-2021 Hightlight "Construction of power transmission and fiberoptic communication lines along TAPI’s route is also nearing completion, according to Turkmenistan’s foreign ministry" Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline https://www.hydrocarbons-technology.com/projects/turkmenistan-afghanistan-pakistan-india-tapi-gas-pipeline-project/ Highlight: "Afghanistan is expected to purchase 16% of the gas, which approximates to 5.11bcm. Afghanistan will also receive $400m a year as transit fee for the pipeline." Who gets this the Taliban? Bet they drive a harder bargain?

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    Kathy
    08/18/2021

    Biden promised (lied) that we would NOT see helicopters lifting off the Embassy roof like we saw in Saigon when America tried to get those Vietnamese who had worked with Americans. My late husband felt totally betrayed as we watched in horror but never did, I think another American President would just leave behind our Afghan partners. Three tours in Vietnam that my husband served gave me a perspective of how important those who partner with our military are.... this is just shameful how Biden has handled it. If we get information of the Taliban torturing, holding hostages or killing to those left behind in Biden's plan for all contingencies, there will NOT be another nation who will want to partner with America. But then again, I can't think of a single thing Biden has done that has been good for America. Shameful! Disgraceful! Disgusted with this senile old man just to undo anything Trump did, even if those policies were working!

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    larubia
    08/16/2021

    I feel sad. Sad for all who served in Afghanistan. Sad for the people who live there. Sad for the people who will be left behind. Sad for every female, especially those who got a taste of equality and will now have to surrender their minds, bodies & souls. Sad for the shame this brings to our country. Sad for my husband, who served several tours there. I feel sad.

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    Yama
    08/16/2021

    My family is there , I fell broken

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    Kevin
    08/18/2021

    I've been saying since 9/11/2001 that this would end the same way as Vietnam. Not happy, but I've been preparing for this for almost 20 years.

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    jimK
    08/16/2021

    Many people over many years contributed to this day. Biden owns the lack of coherent planning for this worst case exit strategy. It is difficult to sort out just how we were so unprepared for this. It seems that there was a lot of wishful thinking in terms of how the Afghan Military would perform, and a lack of anticipating the very well planned and executed siege across the country by the Taliban. We did not plan for the worse and that seems to be a failure of our National Security apparatus. … … … I am a little surprised, because most of the planning that we have seen from Biden has been very comprehensive, strategic and developed with clear careful forethought. Exiting Afghanistan was the right choice. Not having a better plan for getting those we promised sanctuary was delayed by bureaucratic bickering, and is not looking too promising. Not recognizing the possibility of a lightning siege of the country and not having a better exit strategy for this scenario appears to be a failure.

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    Domonique
    08/16/2021

    America needs to do everything it can to evacuate as many people as it can, especially the ones who have assisted the US military during its occupation. That is the least America can do.

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    burrkitty
    08/16/2021

    We should have just evacuated every female who wanted to leave to the USA. All of them. Infants to grandmas. You will find out how quickly we can crush a culture. Men can’t uphold or maintain a civilization by themselves.

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    Azrael
    08/17/2021

    It was always going to be a clusterfuck Went in without an exit strategy

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    Thomas
    08/17/2021

    We had time to implement our exit strategy and failed. Why were we not expediting the special visas?

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    COLLEEN
    08/17/2021

    Where did the policy of announcing withdrawal dates first start? It doesn't seem wise to me to give enemies a timeline. Who's great idea was it to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners? It was announced by Trump to withdraw by May. That was a great heads up to the Taliban. The whole situation sucks. It was not good for our service members to have multiple deployments to the region. They sacrificed more than enough.

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    MWETulsa
    08/17/2021

    I was all for leaving Afghanistan long ago UNDER THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES that honored the sacrifices made and prevented the return of a terrorist government. Mr. Trump had a plan to do that which I supported. That is not what this administration is doing. We have capitulated with unconditional surrender and are running with our tail tucked between our legs while leaving the Afghan people to unimaginable horrors. That is the worst of it initially, but then it also sends a horrific message to the world that we will not fight and cannot be depended on. If I was China, I would be pushing the buttons on invading Taiwan pronto with the USA in retreat and a diminished presence in the South China Sea area. Shame. And the costs of this are incalculable. What is wrong with this country?!

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    Steven
    08/17/2021

    Tragic for many of the Afghan people, particularly women, civil rights activists, and pro-democracy Afghans.