President Biden has defied expectations and exceeded even his own administration’s goal in successfully ramping up evacuations from Afghanistan. Not only has President Biden evacuated nearly 60,000 people from Kabul with no American casualties, but he has taken the steps necessary to finally end a 20-year long war, bring Americans home, and keep our promise to our Afghan partners.
Despite initial doubts on President Biden’s leadership and ability to evacuate 50,000 people from Afghanistan in two weeks…
- CNN’s Kate Sullivan: “CNN’s @clarissaward in Kabul: ‘I’m sitting here for 12 hours in the airport, 8 hours on the airfield and I haven’t seen a single US plane take off. How on Earth are you going to evacuate 50,000 people in the next two weeks? It just, it can’t happen.’”
President Biden exceeded expectations and successfully ramped up evacuations — evacuating over 50,000 in only 10 days.
- Senator Chris Murphy: “In fact, it didn’t take 2 weeks to evacuate 50,000. It took 10 days.
“Lots of work still to do, but it might be time for a bit of a reassessment by the media of this operation given the actual results.”
- John Harwood: “Biden national security officials last week set goal of evacuating 5K-9K per day from Afghanistan
“this morning, WH says 21,600 were flown out of Kabul in last 24 hours – 12,700 on US military flights, 8,900 on allied coalition flights
“total evacuees in last 10 days: 58,700”
- MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “This is the best run evacuation from a war America lost. Vietnam was much worse including the killing of American soldiers who were helping the evacuation and whose bodies were left behind in a Saigon hospital.”