Chaotic scene at the Kabul International Airport earlier this week.
Nearly two dozen State Department officials in Kabul sent a dissent cable to Secretary of State Tony Blinken and another top State Official in July warning of the frightening scale of the Taliban gains across the country. The US officials in Kabul warned of the need for quick evacuations of US citizens in the country.
The cable message was ignored.
About two dozen State Dept officials serving at US Embassy Kabul sent a dissent cable to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and another top State Department official last month warning of Taliban’s territorial gains, and the need for fast evacuations https://t.co/QhLEe33OUH
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) August 19, 2021
Vivian Salama at The Wall Street Journal reported:
About two dozen State Department officials serving at the embassy in Kabul sent an internal memo to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and another top State Department official last month warning of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the cable.
The cable, sent via the State Department’s confidential dissent channel, warned of rapid territorial gains by the Taliban and the subsequent collapse of Afghan security forces, and offered recommendations on ways to mitigate the crisis and speed up an evacuation, the two people said.
The cable, dated July 13, also called for the State Department to use tougher language in describing the atrocities being committed by the Taliban, one of the people said.
The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.
The Biden State Department still has NO IDEA how many Americans are left in Afghanistan. The reports range from 10,000 to 20,000 Americans still in the country.