‘These High-Profile Requests Ate Up Bandwidth’: Top U.S. Commander During Kabul Evacuation Says Jill Biden, Pope Made Special Requests | Beaufort County Now | “Vasely called the outreach a ‘distraction’ that ‘created competition for already stressed resources.’”

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Publisher's Note: This older post is being published now as an archivable history of the current events of these days that will become the real history of tomorrow.

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ryan Saavedra.

    Declassified remarks made by Rear Adm. Peter Vasely, the top U.S. commander in Kabul during the evacuation of U.S. troops last August, reveal that he was plagued during the evacuation by requests from first lady Jill Biden and Pope Francis, among others, who requested special treatment for people of their own choosing.

    Vasely was asked by the Army's lead investigator, Brig. Gen. Lance Curtis, if reports that the Pope and the first lady had asked for special help were true. He answered, "That's accurate. I was being contacted by representatives from the Holy See to assist the Italian military contingent ... in getting through groups ... of special interest to the Vatican. That is just one of many examples. I cannot stress enough how these high-profile requests ate up bandwidth and created competition for already stressed resources," as The Washington Post reported.

    Vasely added, "You had everyone from the White House down with a new flavor of the day for prioritization."

    "Vasely called the outreach a 'distraction' that 'created competition for already stressed resources,'" the Post, which obtained the 2,000 page report through a FOIA request, stated. His statements were made during testimony for a U.S. Army investigation of the August 26 suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. service members outside Kabul's international airport.

    Despite the fact that on August 22, President Biden promised that no American who wanted to leave would be left behind, declaring, "I will say again today [what] I have said before: Any American who wants to get home will get home," Vasely told investigators that by August 22 or 23, "it was clear we weren't going to get all Americans out." He added that he "started having conversations at senior levels" of the U.S. government about the possibility of pushing the evacuation efforts past the August 31 deadline.

    "When the mission ended, State Department officials said they believed there were about 100 American citizens left in Afghanistan who wanted to leave. They revised that several times, eventually saying that more than 450 left with American assistance after the military evacuation concluded," the Post acknowledged.

    In early February, The Daily Wire reported that he day before Kabul fell to the Taliban last August, a White House Situation Room meeting found senior Biden administration officials were still disorganized about how to evacuate Afghan nationals who were aiding the U.S. in its war against the Taliban, according to leaked notes.

    Axios, discussing the leaked notes, reported:

    While the word "immediately" peppers the document, it's clear officials were still scrambling to finalize their plans - on the afternoon of Aug. 14.

    For example, they'd just decided they needed to notify local Afghan staff "to begin to register their interest in relocation to the United States, " the document says.

    And they were still determining which countries could serve as transit points for evacuees.


    A document titled, "Summary of Conclusions for Meeting of the Deputies Small Group" showed that a meeting regarding "Relocations out of Afghanistan" was held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of August 14, while Taliban fighters were arriving in Kabul. The meeting was chaired by National Security Council official Liz Sherwood-Randall and included Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Actions to be taken "immediately" included, "State will work to identify as many countries as possible to serve as transit points. Transit points need to be able to accommodate U.S. citizens, Afghan nationals, third country nationals, and other evacuees."

    It also said, "Embassy Kabul will notify LES [locally employed staff] to begin to register their interest in relocation to the United States and begin to prepare immediately for departure ..."

    The Daily Wire is one of America's fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

new Biden Dept, of Agriculture reg - will Beaufort County schools knuckle under?
bills to prohibit biological men participating in womens sports advance
Following the failed vote on pro-abortion legislation proposed by Democrats, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has issued a statement that democracy has failed and that our nation may never recover.
Several employees who worked at the Mayfield, Kentucky, candle factor that was destroyed by Friday night’s tornadoes said they were told they would be fired if they left their shifts early.

HbAD1

Super-model Gisele Bündchen, wife of NFL legend Tom Brady, revealed how she was traumatized at the age of 18 when she was made to wear a breast-baring outfit at a fashion show.
The Monkeypox pandemic has finally breached the shores of the United States, with the CDC confirming a staggering 1 infections so far.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said in a report on Tuesday that numerous FBI officials had sex with prostitutes while overseas and that most of them lied to investigators when confronted about the allegations.
62% say they would take up arms to fight while 12% said they would not
fewer deaths per 100,000 than most of Europe
The North Carolina General Assembly convened the 2022 short session Wednesday, May 18 after the longest long session in state history concluded in March.

HbAD2

A small clique is trying to control the local GOP and circumvent the duly elected Executive Committee

HbAD3

 
Back to Top