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Tucker Carlson: Contrition is essential to fixing problems, our leaders don't have it

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'Tucker Carlson Tonight' host blasts U.S. officials over the chaotic military withdrawal in the troubled Middle East nation

America’s longest war ended today. After nearly 20 years, the final U.S. military aircraft lifted off from Afghanistan. General Kenneth McKenzie of the United States Marine Corps oversaw the war. Here was his announcement:

General Kenneth Mckenzie Jr, Monday: I am here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third-country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans. The last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30th, this afternoon at 3:29 PM east coast time. And is clear from Afghan airspace.

So we got everyone out, and we’re done. A poignant moment. More than 4,000 Americans died in Afghanistan over two decades— including, last week, several enlisted Marines who were just infants when American troops first arrived there. Finally, after decades, it is done. But is it done? Just moments after announcing we’d left Afghanistan for good, General McKenzie conceded that, actually, not all of us did leave. In fact, there are still Americans trapped in Afghanistan. The United States military left our people behind:

General Kenneth Mckenzie Jr, Monday: No American citizens came out on what we call the last joint tactical mission last five jets to leave. We maintained the ability to bring them in up until the last minute before departure, but were not able to bring any Americans out. That activity ended about 12 hours before our exit. Although, we continue the outreach and continue to be prepared to bring them on until the very last minute but none of them made it to the airport and were able to be accommodated.

"None of them made it to the airport." So that answers a lot of questions. In the past week, you may have wondered about this large but unknown number of Americans you keep reading about who are stuck for whatever reason in Afghanistan. Who are these people? Why are they still there? "Maybe they don’t want to leave," you may have concluded. "Maybe we don’t owe them anything." It would be nice to believe that, but now we can’t. We’ve just learned from the commander of U.S. troops in the region that at least some of these people — our countrymen, our fellow Americans — really are trapped in a nation controlled by the Taliban. They tried to flee, but it was too chaotic and dangerous. As General McKenzie put it, they couldn’t get to the airport in time. So the U.S. military just left. Tough. Call us if you make it to Tampa.

It’s hard to believe Kenneth McKenzie admitted this in public. The reporters in the briefing room seemed to think it was all perfectly normal — just another Pentagon briefing. But it’s not normal, not in this country. It’s appalling on every level. It’s the definition of dishonorable. What’s the point of having a military that doesn’t bother to rescue its own citizens? Serious question. Why do we have an army — all those guns and helicopters and missile systems? Isn’t the whole purpose to protect Americans? Apparently, there’s another purpose, or at least that’s the view of the man who oversees the military’s central command. Those trapped Americans aren’t our problem, General McKenzie explained. Let the State Department deal with them.

And with that, tanned and relaxed from his vacation in the Hamptons, garage band enthusiast and part-time Secretary of State Tony Blinken took the podium. Yes, Blinken confirmed, there are more than 100 Americans who’ve been abandoned in Afghanistan and are desperate to get out. No, we have no actual way to guarantee their safe passage, the military’s gone. But no problem. The medieval theocracy that now runs the country has everything under control. The Taliban have given us their word American citizens in Afghanistan will be fine. And with that, Tony Blinken left the stage. He took no questions. Nor did Joe Biden appear, then or at any other time today, to explain what’s happening to these Americans or what’s happening in Afghanistan. The president of the United States is missing again.

Clearly, we’re watching a pivot point in our history. The most obvious casualty — apart........

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