President Biden detailed his plan to get Americans and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan. He admitted he could not guarantee a successful mission.
“What we’ve done so far is been able to get a large number of Americans out, all our personnel at the embassy out, and so on,” Biden said. “And thank God, so far, knock on wood, we’re in a different position.”
President Biden attempted to reassure Americans stranded in Afghanistan, stating they would get airlifted out of the country as only the United States could handle the logistics required.
“This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history,” Biden said.
Biden was hesitant to reassure everyone’s safety, despite his promise to get them all home.
“I cannot promise what the final outcome will be, or that it will be without risk of loss, but as commander-in-chief, I can assure you that I will use every resource necessary,” he said.
The success of the mission depends on his negotiations with the Taliban, explained Biden.
Biden assured American residents he was in “constant contact” with Taliban leaders to ensure every American could reach the Kabul airport while denying the need to send troops to retrieve and rescue people.
“We’ve been coordinating what we’re doing,” he said. “That’s how we got all of our embassy personnel out, how we got everybody out of the embassy safely.”
Biden boasted of the size of the airlift operation and its purpose.
“This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history,” Biden said, noting that “only” the United States could successfully evacuate so many people out of Afghanistan.
Biden backtracked his assertion that American troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond the August 31 deadline to evacuate all Americans.
“We’re going to make that judgment as we go,” he said, signaling optimism the U.S. forces could successfully get Americans out before the deadline.
He denied that Americans were having problems getting to the airport, noting that the Taliban had agreed to give them safe passage.
“We’ve made an agreement with the Taliban so far. … We know of no circumstance where American citizens are carrying American passports, trying to get through to the airport,” he said.
Biden expressed the same “knock on wood” sentiment earlier this week, without the words as he knocked on a wooden side table and falsely claimed “no one’s being killed right now” in Afghanistan.