The GOP’s solution to this problem was to reinvade Afghanistan, retake Bagram Air Force Base, break the peace deal, begin a new surge and resume the war and occupation. In reality, the Taliban had no incentive to keep American citizens there. The “hostage crisis” narrative was fake news.
“Taliban officials have reportedly agreed to allow 200 Americans, U.S. permanent residents and holders of other Western passports to depart Afghanistan on chartered flights on Thursday, according to several reports.
A U.S. official reportedly told Reuters that the group is expected to leave from Kabul on Thursday after U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad urged the Taliban to allow the exit, the first large-scale departure of Americans from Afghanistan since the U.S. ended its withdrawal from the country on August 31.
The Associated Press reported that two Qatari officials say they expect 100 to 150 Americans to depart from Kabul’s airport on Thursday on a Qatari flight that had delivered humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. …
“We’ve been assured all American citizens and Afghan citizens with valid travel documents will be allowed to leave,” Blinken said. …”
It was all just more lies.
We didn’t stay in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years after Osama bin Laden himself left the country to fight “terrorism.” The American Empire always had an ulterior geopolitical motive for occupying the country. The “War on Terror” was the excuse that was used to justify our preexisting goals. We were meddling in that country and cultivating the jihadists there long before the 9/11 attacks.