As of August 30th, 2021 at 3:29pm EST the last US plane took off from Kabul airport and officially ended the 20 year war in Afghanistan, according to a statement from the Pentagon. The Afghan war started two decades ago when Al-Qaeda terrorists flew hijacked commercial airplanes full of US citizens into the Twin Towers in New York City, as well as the Pentagon.
Pentagon announces the last plane carrying US forces has left Afghanistan, capping a 20-year war. pic.twitter.com/A8Ht3TiDUj
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 30, 2021
In the ensuing conflict in Afghanistan, as well as in neighboring Iraq, and the search for Osama Bin-Laden the US led the efforts in the global war against Islamic terror. Over the course of the Afghan war approximately 2,461 US troops were killed, the most recent being the 13 soldiers who died when a suicide bomber attacked evacuees fleeing the rapid Taliban takeover within the last few weeks under the Biden Administration.
The Daily Wire reports:
The final weeks of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan grew increasingly chaotic until the final evacuation flight left Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday. The U.S. evacuated over 100,000 people in the final weeks of the war. At the war’s end, the Taliban are solidifying their new rule over Afghanistan and Al Qaeda is rebuilding, worrying American officials that the terror group may eventually grow strong enough to carry out more attacks against the United States.
Hundreds of American citizens and potentially hundreds of thousands of Afghans who worked with the U.S. military and their families are believed to remain in Afghanistan after the United States failed to evacuate them before Biden’s self-imposed deadline. In the final days leading up to the complete withdrawal, Biden continued to claim that the United States “stands by its commitment” to its Afghan allies and promised to evacuate all Americans.
While many Americans on both sides of the political aisle initially supported the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the unfolding of events since Biden directed the military to withdraw entirely has left almost the whole nation flabbergasted. The Taliban overtook the Afghan forces in a lightning-fast 11 days, usurping all of the weapons that the US had supplied to the Afghan National Army in order to keep the terrorist organizations that now run rampant at bay.
As the Taliban swept through the territories they released thousands of extremist Islamist Daesh (ISIS-K) prisoners from their cells. It was these prisoners who went on to commit the suicide bombing which resulted in the largest loss of US solider’s lives since 2011. There hadn’t been a single US casualty in the country for 18 months.
Even worse was the news that the officials under the Biden camp had actually been the ones who provided the names of US citizens and Afghan allies to the Taliban previous to the attack, essentially giving them a “kill list“. Biden himself all but admitted as much during one of his ill-fated press conferences, saying, “But I can’t tell you with any certitude that there’s actually been a list of names. There may have been, but I know of no circumstance.”
He added: “That doesn’t mean it’s not — it didn’t exist. That, ‘Here’s the names of 12 people. They’re coming. Let them through.’ It could very well have happened.”
Now, as the last plane must be safely landing back on US soil (though hundreds of American citizens and thousands of Afghan allies remain trapped in the country) the Taliban seems to be rubbing the embarrassing defeat in our faces. On the same day a video is circulating of what appears to be the Taliban piloting a US-made Blackhawk helicopter over Kandahar with a person attached to a line underneath it.
The Independent reports:
The Taliban is seemingly parading their new air force in the skies over Afghanistan, with video online purporting to show US-made Black Hawk helicopters flying over the streets of Kandahar.
The Taliban, by some estimates, has more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 per cent of the world after the US abandoned $85bn worth of military equipment.
Unverified footage released by the Twitter account Talib Times, which claims to be the “official news” handle of the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan, shows a man hanging from a UH-60 Black Hawk a day before the US withdraws from the country.“Our Air Force! At this time, the Islamic Emirate’s air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city,” the tweet said.
🚨⚠Breaking: 📜Video Showing Taliban Fly One Of The Captured UH-60A Black Hawk Helicopters With What Looks Like Someone Hanging From A Rope Underneath #Kandahar | #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/yyqbNjDUVz
— J̵̟̦̲̞̭̱̀̈́͑̄̇̈́̚͝ustice (@The_Justice7) August 30, 2021
While the video is grainy, it appears to show a body hung from the end of a rope or cable being flown through the skies above the city. This symbol of terror being paraded above the heads of Afghanis and American citizens alike as our soldiers flee the country seems to encapsulate the foreign policy of Joe Biden. Of course, this is the natural conclusion of the Obama-era milquetoast diplomacy that Biden himself was a key part of.
To be sure, this is no Benghazi. This is by all accounts much, much worse. Instead of Black Hawk Down we have 33 Black Hawks In Terrorist Hands. As Biden’s handlers attempt to brace him against the rage of the nation he supposedly represents, as well as the international community, the magnitude of his failure will be felt for generations.