And it is on Joe Biden’s hands. You’d have to go all the way back to February 2020 to find the last incidence of American combat casualties in the country. But Biden knew better than his military advisers who had advised against his precipitous actions of the last few weeks, and now four U.S. Marines are dead, and the history of Biden’s botched withdrawal is written in blood.
All told, 60 have died so far in the twin attacks on Hamid Karzai International Airport this morning, according to the Wall Street Journal, and many more civilians are fighting for their lives. NBC News reports that children are among the casualties.
Responsibility for the two attacks, both suicide missions, has been claimed by ISIS-K, an Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State.
So far the White House has issued no statement or briefing, nor has there been an update to the White House schedule suggesting that Biden will address the American people. Maybe someone in the building should remind Biden of promise last Friday that “any attack on our forces or disruption of our operations at the airport will be met with a swift and forceful response.”
Or of his boast upon being reminded by George Stephanopoulos of the ongoing “pandemonium outside the airport” that “no one is being killed right now. God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one is being killed right now.”
This is developing story. Updates will be provided as they occur.