The last plane out of Kabul Airport departed just before midnight with Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, commander of the US. Army 82nd Airborne Division, who oversaw the evacuation operation, being the last person to enter the cargo plane.
However up to 200 American citizens and thousands more Afghan allies have been left behind.
“We did not get out everybody we had wanted to get out,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command. said Monday. “There are Americans for a variety of reasons who want to stay for a while.”
McKenzie stated that diplomatic means will be needed now to bring these Americans out of the country.
So McKenzie is suggesting that Americans chose to stay? Or are these lost lives because they could not get through the Taliban checkpoints to get to the airport?
The final departure came as news out of Washington DC suggested in a leaked document out of the Pentagon that US military officials knew the approximate time and location of the bombing that exploded at the airport’s Abbey Gate — but that a plan to close the gate to protect US troops was abandoned.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby refused to discuss the report from Politico. “I am absolutely not going to speak to a press story that was informed by the unlawful disclosure of classified information and sensitive deliberations here at the Pentagon — just not going to do it,” Kirby said.
As I wrote Monday there needs to be accountability from the military leadership. Someone needs to fall on their sword for this botched operation. The question is does it stop at The Pentagon or does it cross the Potomac to The White House?