(USA Features) Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped President Joe Biden’s “embarrassing” withdrawal from Afghanistan, recalling images of U.S. forces bailing out of Vietnam in 1975 ahead of rapidly advancing communist forces.
Carlson’s comments came as Biden ordered some 5,000 U.S. troops back into Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul to assist with the emergency evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel as Taliban fighters closed in on the city on Sunday, capturing incredible amounts of U.S.-made weapons and helicopters supplied to the Afghan military, much of which as either surrendered to the Taliban or fled ahead of their arrival.
During a Friday segment, however, Carlson noted that as he compared what is currently taking place with the “single most humiliating day in the United States abroad” when American military forces and diplomatic personnel evacuated Saigon, South Vietnam in haste.
“The Taliban now controls hundreds of millions worth of resistant vehicles, humvees, drones that the Pentagon left behind in Afghanistan, all of it now belongs to the Taliban,” Carlson said.
“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese Army. They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability,” he said, adding: “There’s going to be no circumstances where you’re going to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the United States from Afghanistan.”
Last week, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley talked up the Afghan National Army and security forces.
“The Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country. and we will continue to support the Afghan Security Forces when necessary,” he said.
“A negative outcome, a Taliban automatic takeover, is not a foregone conclusion,” Milley added.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case, however, as the country’s military forces collapsed faster than anyone in Washington, D.C., or the Pentagon anticipated.
Taliban fighters managed to take control of nearly the entire country in just over a week, only halting Sunday on the outskirts of Kabul, the capital, while vowing not to seize the city by force, reports said.
The Fox News host went on to point out that the U.S. government spent approximately $130 billion to train and equip the Afghan army over the past two decades, far more than the U.S. spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild and resupply Europe after World War II.
Video posted to various social media platforms show Taliban fighters inside Afghan military bases taking control of helicopters, aircraft, heavy weapons, and rifles all supplied by the U.S.
“The White House has spent billions of dollars on supplying the Afghan military with the necessary weapons and equipment to wipe out the Taliban, but following the collapse of local armed forces, their investment is now effectively being used by the insurgents themselves as they bid to control more and more major cities,” the Daily Mail reported Sunday.
“Social media in recent days has been awash with clips of fighters seizing weapons caches, but the taking of such high profile helicopters represents a significant statement of intent,” the outlet added.
At the same time, U.S. diplomatic personnel are being evacuated by chopper to the international airport, according to various news reports, ahead of the onslaught.
Other reports said that American embassy personnel have been instructed to burn sensitive documents and U.S. flags to prevent being further embarrassed on the international stage.