PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI – As news of American and Afghan casualties breaks following the terrorist bombing at Hamid Karzai Airport this morning in the midst of evacuation operations, we are seeing an avoidable catastrophe continue to devolve into chaos.
Derrick Van Orden released the following statement in response to the bombing:
I have been unequivocal throughout this evacuation disaster that the situation on the ground would rapidly go from horrible to unthinkable. We are seeing this happen before our eyes today.
At least 12 of our American sons, my brothers-in-arms, were killed in this blast and countless Afghans will continue to suffer because of the incompetence and negligence of the President and his National Security staff.
The White House has abjectly failed in every aspect of this withdrawal, lying to the American people that they planned for every contingency, and American service members, Afghan and American civilians, and our allies are paying the price.