A Timeline of Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster

By: Hayden Cunningham

A timeline of Joe Biden’s actions during the Afghanistan troop withdrawal

July 8:

President Biden holds a press conference regarding the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. He stated that the mission will conclude on August 31.

When asked if a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is now inevitable, the President responded “no, it is not.”

A reporter notes to Biden that “[his] own intelligence community has addressed that the Afghan government will likely collapse,” Biden replies “that is not true.”

When a reporter asked about the parallels between the withdrawal of Vietnam and the withdrawal of Afghanistan, Biden replies, “there’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy. It is not at all comparable.”

August 6:

The Taliban takes over its first province as U.S. troops withdrawal.

August 11:

The Taliban starts to fight for control of Afghanistan. They now control 65% of the country.

A U.S. intelligence official states that the Taliban could take over Kabul, the capitol of Afghanistan, within 90 days.

August 12:

U.S. officials announce that 3,000 troops will be deployed to help evacuate Americans from Kabul.

Reports show that Taliban soldiers were executing Afghan troops that were surrendering.

August 13:

Intelligence officials fear that the military withdrawal could lead to a resurgence of other terrorist groups including Al Qaeda.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is vacationing in Delaware and travels to Camp David.

August 14:

Mass evacuations begin. The U.S. continues to send troops back into Afghanistan to help with the evacuation process.

An alert released by the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) states that Americans seeking evacuation flights will have to sign a promissory note promising to pay $2,000 or more per person for the tickets.

August 15:

The Taliban takes over Kabul. U.S. diplomats in the Kabul embassy are evacuated by helicopter. Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan, flees the country. The Taliban takes control of the Presidential palace.

The Taliban holds a live press conference from the Presidential palace.

In the midst of the conflict, Jen Psaki, the President’s Press Secretary, sends an automatic email response to Fox News stating that she will not be answering questions from reporters. The automatic response states, “I will be out of the office from August 15th – August 22.”

Kabul Embassy evacuation. Photo from Business Insider
Taliban hold press conference on sharia law amid Afghanistan takeover
Taliban in the Presidential palace. Photo from USA Today.

August 16:

President Biden returns from his vacation at Camp David to give a statement at the White House.

Biden’s first address of Afghanistan

President Biden states that the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan did “unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.”

Joe Biden blames the Afghan forces for not fighting the Taliban. He also misleadingly stated that his actions were simply following through with a deal former President Trump made with the Taliban.

Following his remarks, Biden takes no questions. He then returns to his vacation at Camp David.

Ned Price, Spokesperson for the State Department, calls for the Taliban to create “an inclusive and representative government.”

A video surfaces of Afghans attempting to cling onto the side of departing U.S. planes. Another video shows people who were able to hang onto the landing gear falling from the sky.

Afghan citizens try to jump onto fleeing U.S. planes

August 18:

President Biden has a sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos.

When Stephanopoulos begins to ask Biden about Afghans falling from planes, Biden dismisses it by saying, “that was 4-5 days ago.” (also it was two days ago)

President Biden states that there was no way of pulling out without chaos ensuing. When asked if that was always priced into the decision, Biden replied “yes.” (This contradicts his earlier claims)

Biden states that “no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now.” He then knocks on wood by tapping the table next to him.

Biden also claims in this interview no one that he “can recall” advised against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. However, a Wall Street Journal report stated that multiple advisors raised concerns about withdrawing troops.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin states in a briefing that “we don’t have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people.”

August 19:

When asked if the U.S. considers the Taliban to be an enemy, Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby refuses to answer the question.

The State Department confirms that they will not seek reimbursement from evacuees for airfare expenses. They also stated evacuees would not need COVID tests to board planes.

August 20:

President Biden makes a White House statement about the evacuations in Afghanistan.

Biden claims that “any American who wants to come home, we will get you home.”

Regarding a possible attack on the Kabul Airport, Biden states, “we’ve made clear to the Taliban that any attack — any attack on our forces or disruption of our operations at the airport will be met with a swift and forceful response.”

Following his remarks, Biden leaves Washington D.C. to vacation in Delaware.

August 22:

Kabul Airport is still controlled by U.S troops. The airport continues to be filled with Afghan citizens trying to flee the country. Images surface of mothers trying to hand U.S. troops their babies over the fences.

Photo from Business Insider

August 23:

A Taliban spokesman states that there will be consequences if the U.S. does not withdrawal all military forces by August 31.

John Kirby at the Pentagon refuses to say how many Americans have been evacuated. Major General Hank Taylor stated in the same Press Conference that they do not know how many Americans make up the 42,000 number of individuals evacuated from the country.

Jen Psaki in a White House press briefing states that “no Americans are stranded” in Afghanistan.

Upon hastily withdrawing, U.S. troops leaves billions of dollars of equipment and weapons that the Taliban have taken. Most notably being night-vision equipment, helicopters, and over 350,000 assault rifles.

Graphic from NY Times

August 24:

The Taliban stops allowing Afghans to go to the Kabul Airport. They also oppose any evacuation extension past August 31.

Jen Psaki calls the Afghan evacuations “on track to be largest airlift in U.S. history.” She concludes that the effort “is anything but a success.” She also states that there could be some Americans left in Afghanistan past August 31 and that evacuations depend “on continued coordination with the Taliban.”

U.S. military starts reducing the number of troops that have gone in to help with evacuations. Thousands of American citizens remain in the country, as well as Afghan allies of the military. Afghan interpreters that assisted the U.S. military are being turned away as they try to evacuate with Americans.

President Biden makes remarks about Afghanistan from the White House. He states that evacuation completion by August 31 depends on Taliban cooperation. Following his remarks, Biden took no questions from reporters.

August 25:

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul releases a security alert advising U.C. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport unless they received individual instructions from the U.S. government to do so.

The State Department estimates that 1,500 Americans are left in Afghanistan (a number criticized to be extremely lower than the actual amount), and 500 of them have been contacted. The State Department also blamed Americans who were still in Afghanistan by saying they were instructed to leave months ago.

Biden is asked by a report at the end of a press conference this question: “If American are still in Afghanistan after the deadline what will you do.” Biden smirks, and the audio feed is cut by the White House. Biden’s response was the sarcastic comment, “you’ll be the person I call.”

Biden’s smirk and comment cut from White House clip

August 26:

Over 600 U.S. troops depart from Afghanistan.

A report showed that US. officials gave the Taliban “a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport.” One defense official stated that “basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list.”

The White house shares concerns about the possibility of an attack on the Kabul Airport by ISIS-K.

Kabul Airport is attacked by multiple terrorists. The attack killed over 100 people, including at least 13 U.S. troops.

President Biden gives remarks following the Kabul Attack that has killed at least 13 American soldiers. Biden appears over 25 minutes late of the scheduled time the remarks were supposed to begin.

Biden’s address following the Kabul Airport attack

The President begins his statement by calling it a “tough day.”

Biden, in response to the terror attacked, states, “to those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”

The President also uses the terror attack as a reason for why he’s been “so determined to limit the duration of this mission.”

Biden took several questions, saying, “they gave me list here, the first person I was instructed to call on…”

The State Department refuses to hold a Department press briefing following the terror attack.

August 27:

The death toll from the Airport attack continues to rise.

The Pentagon states that thousands of ISIS-K prisoners were released after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Jen Psaki comments in a White House press briefing, “I don’t think we can guarantee evacuation of all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan after August 31.”

August 29:

Joe Biden attends a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base for the 13 troops killed in the Kabul attacked. During the ceremony, he checks his watch for the time.

Biden checking his watch during the ceremony for killed U.S. troops

In a briefing about Hurricane Ida, Joe Biden states to a reporter that he is “not supposed to take any questions” but tells the reporter to ago ahead with the question. When the reporter starts to ask about Afghanistan, Biden responds, “I’m not going to answer on Afghanistan right now.”

August 30:

On Fox News, one of the fathers of the killed soldiers states that President Biden checked his watch every time a casket went by during the Dover ceremony for fallen soldiers. Another father explains that he spoke to Biden, but the President kept talking about his own son that had passed away. The father states, “[Biden] talked a bit more about his own son than we did about my son, and that didn’t sit well with me.”

The U.S. conducts a drone strike in Kabul to target suspected ISIS-K suicide bombers. The strike is suspected to have had incorrect intelligence. The strike killed ten members of a civilian family, seven of which were children.

The U.S. military completes their withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan. Hundreds, if not thousands of Americans remain in the country (as well as our Afghan allies).

Video from British citizens blocked from evacuating Afghanistan

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