President Biden has defied expectations and even exceeded his own administration’s target by successfully scaling up evacuations from Afghanistan. President Biden not only evacuated nearly 60,000 people from Kabul with no American casualties, but he took the necessary steps to finally end a 20-year-long war, bring Americans home and keep our promise to our countries. Afghan partners.
Despite initial doubts about President Biden’s leadership and his ability to evacuate 50,000 people from Afghanistan in two weeks …
- Kate Sullivan of CNN: “@clarissaward from CNN in Kabul: “I sat here for 12 hours at the airport, 8 hours at the airfield and I haven’t seen a single US plane take off. How the hell are you going to evacuate 50,000 people in the next two weeks? It’s just, it can’t happen.
President Biden exceeded expectations and successfully accelerated evacuations, evacuating more than 50,000 in just 10 days.
- Senator Chris Murphy: “In fact, it didn’t take 2 weeks to evacuate 50,000. It took 10 days.
“A lot of work remains to be done, but it might be time to do a bit of media reassessment of this operation given the actual results.”
- John harwood: “Last week, national security officials in Biden set a target to evacuate 5,000-9,000 a day from Afghanistan
“This morning, WH says 21,600 have left Kabul in the past 24 hours – 12,700 on US military flights, 8,900 on Allied coalition flights
“Total evacuees during the last 10 days: 58,700”
- Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC: “This is America’s best escape from a lost war. Vietnam was much worse, including the murder of American soldiers helping with the evacuation whose bodies were left in a Saigon hospital.