WATCH LIVE: Joe Biden addresses the nation from the State Dining Room at the White House to explain his administration's strategy behind the disastrous withdrawal of our U.S. troops and Afghan allies.
In the final days we saw thirteen U.S. soldiers killed, hundreds of Afghans murdered, billions of dollars in military equipment left to the Taliban and a rushed departure that will be questioned for decades to come.
The Afghanistan withdrawal was a huge disaster and bungled at almost every step. But, don't take it from us, take it from these 90 retired military officials.
The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban. The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions. In addition, the loss of billions of dollars in our advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic. The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. We will be seen for many years as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.
Around 70 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (M-RAP) armored tactical vehicles, each costing up to $1 million, were also left behind and disabled, AFP reported. Another 27 Humvee armored vehicles were also abandoned.