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August marks two years since President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. No doubt you remember the images of Afghanis clinging to airplanes and falling to their deaths in desperate hopes of escaping the Taliban. You also remember that Americans were left behind despite Biden’s promises to stay until they all got out. And none of us can forget the horrific terrorist attack at Abbey Gate that killed 13 American servicemembers, badly injured others, and killed or wounded hundreds of civilians.
But there’s so much more that you might not know. Today, Sara welcomes Jerry Dunleavy, an investigator with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a former investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner, and co-author of the new book “Kabul: The Untold Story of Biden’s Fiasco and the American Warriors Who Fought to the End.”
Dunleavy explains how Biden was fully responsible for the timing of the withdrawal and made his decisions based on political considerations. He also details the stunning decision to shut down Bagram Air Base several weeks before the withdrawal and how that led to the release of many ISIS-K terrorists, including the one who perpetrated the deadly attack at Abbey Gate. Meanwhile, soldiers at the gate contend they spotted the terrorist moments before the attack but were denied permission to shoot him.
This story is incredibly personal to Sara. Her husband was permanently blinded while serving in Afghanistan. They lost friends there. They worked around the clock to get Afghani friends out before the U.S. left Kabul permanently. And she knows the betrayal that so many military families feel. Don’t miss this powerful conversation.
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