“This is one of the largest and most difficult air bridges in history“. US President Joe Biden said about the Taliban evacuation from Kabul, speaking of a” dangerous mission in difficult circumstances “for which he promised to” mobilize all necessary resources. “” The only country in the country. world capable of putting so much power with this degree of precision is the United States, “he stressed speaking at the White House. Alongside him, Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
Biden said the US has made “significant progress” in Afghanistan and has evacuated 18,000 people since July and 13,000 since the military airlift began on August 14. The United States “keeps its commitments to evacuate the Afghans who have served with us,” he assured. “We are in constant contact with the Taliban to ensure safe passage to the airport,” he added, explaining that to secure Kabul airport six thousand of our best soldiers have been deployed, I spoke with our commanders today, we will give them everything they need. “
“Let me be clear, any American who wants to go home, we will bring him home,” Biden assured, while admitting to “not being able to know what the final outcome will be or that it will be without risk of loss“. But, the president said,” as commander-in-chief I can promise that I will mobilize every necessary resource and, as an American, I offer my gratitude to the brave men and women of the American military who are leading this mission. It’s incredible”.
“There is no doubt about my credibility on the part of NATO allies, they are all aligned”, said Biden stating that “we arrived together with the allies, we will leave Afghanistan together”.
“This week has been heartbreaking – he said again – We have seen shocking images of people in panic acting in despair. It is understandable. They are scared. They are sad. They do not know what will happen. I feel this pain on a human level”.
Biden then reiterated that for the Taliban to have international recognition they will have to respect “harsh conditions and it will depend on how they treat women and girls and how they treat their citizens”.
Finally, the US president confirmed the revelations of the Wall Street Journal, according to which he would receive a internal memo of the Department of State who warned of the speed of the Taliban offensive and the fall of the country into their hands. “We have had all kinds of cables, all kinds of warnings – he said – I made the decision, the responsibility ends with me”.