(PresidentialInsider.com)- On Sunday, NBC News reported that it had obtained a State Department diplomatic cable that revealed staffers at the US Embassy in Kabul were growing “deeply disheartened” by the Biden administration’s evacuation efforts with many staffers expressing a sense of betrayal and distrust in the administration.
The cable, sent Saturday August 21, said that memos were sent the previous Wednesday inviting Afghan staffers from the embassy to head to the airport in Kabul. The memos instructed them to take food and prepare to face difficult conditions outside of the airport.
But the conditions weren’t just “difficult.” The cable pointed out that because of this downplayed messaging, “no one anticipated the brutal experience that occurred.”
The staffers arriving outside of the airport were shoved, hit, spat on and cursed at by the Taliban fighters manning the checkpoints near the airport. The cable reported that criminals were taking advantage of the chaos as the military tried to maintain order.
Staffers reported that in the bedlam they were nearly separated from their children. Others had to be rushed to the hospital after collapsing in the crush of people trying to make their way to the gates. Still others collapsed on the road due to heat exhaustion.
An Afghan embassy staffer was quoted in the cable saying “It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet” than to have to endure the chaos again.
Another said “Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride.”
A third Afghan staffer accused the United States of prioritizing those elites in the Afghan government because they have good connections in the US – despite the fact that those government officials already had the correct paperwork, not to mention alternative ways out of the country.
What makes this cable all the more terrible, however, is the other news that has emerged since last Sunday.
In a Thursday press briefing after terrorist attacks around the Kabul airport killed thirteen US servicemen, Pentagon officials admitted that they had provided the Taliban blockading the airport with the names of those American citizens and Afghan allies who should be allowed in to the airport gates.
They gave the Taliban a list of names of the people the US wants to evacuate over fears that they would face Taliban retribution.
Who does that?!
The Biden Administration handed the Taliban, our enemy, a veritable hitlist.
What an absolutely bungling disaster.