State Department information revealed from July reportedly showed Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Kabul would fall to the Taliban by the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, “About two dozen State Department officials serving at the embassy in Kabul sent an internal memo to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and another top State Department official last month warning of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the cable.”
The report added, “The cable, dated July 13, also called for the State Department to use tougher language in describing the atrocities being committed by the Taliban.
“The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.”
President Joe Biden still stated that the chances of the Taliban taking control so quickly were, “Zero. What you had is you had entire brigades breaking through the gates of our embassy — six, if I’m not mistaken. The Taliban is not the South — the North Vietnamese army.”
Biden added, “They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.”
Regardless of the president’s prediction, Blinken was more accurate. The only difference is that the Taliban takeover took place even more quickly than he expected.
The failure has now led to a dangerous situation for Americans remaining in Afghanistan. In addition, many of the Afghan people will face new dangers as the Taliban furthers its power.