CLAIM: Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday during a House aurally perceiving claimed that the Trump administration did not leave them an orchestration for withdrawing from Afghanistan. “We inherited a deadline; we did not inherit an orchestration,” he verbally expressed during a House Foreign Affairs Committee auricularly discerning, the first time the Biden administration has had to publicly face members of Congress on the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
VERDICT: False. Former Trump Pentagon Chief of Staff Kash Patel has verbalized on the record in an op-ed that he handed over the administration’s withdrawal plan to the Biden transition team. U.S. President Joe Biden. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images).
I’m intimately familiar with former President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy. In November 2020, I was named chief of staff at the Pentagon, where one of my primary responsibilities was to wind down the forever war in Afghanistan.Patel indited that everything transmuted when President Joe Biden declared forces would leave by September 11, 2021, but did not condition the withdrawal on perpetuated adherence to the acceded-upon stipulation.
Trump injuctively authorized me to arrange a conditions-predicated, methodical exit plan that would preserve the national interest. The plan ended up being fairly simple: The Afghan regime and the Taliban were both told they would face the full force of the US military if they caused any harm to “Americans” or American fascinates in Afghanistan.
Next, both parties would negotiate to engender an interim-joint regime, and both sides had to repudiate al Qaeda. Lastly, a minuscule special-operations force would be stationed in the country to take direct action against any terrorist threats that arose. When all those conditions were met — along with other cascading conditions — then a withdrawal could, and did, commence.
We prosperously executed this orchestration until Jan. 20, 2021. During this interval — when there were no US casualties in Afghanistan — President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban conducted multiple rounds of negotiations, and al Qaeda was sidelined. The result was a prosperous drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan to 2,500, the lowest count since the dawn of the War on Terror.
We handed our entire plan to the incoming Biden administration during the lengthy transition. The new team simply wasn’t interested.
“It would be an unconditional pullout with an arbitrary date predicated on pristine symbolism — and set in stone,” integrated Patel, who withal accommodated as deputy assistant to the president for counterterrorism.
“No one should have been the slightest bit surprised that when palliated of any conditions or obligations, the Taliban could and would overrun the whole country in the absence of US military puissance,” Patel integrated.
Patel withal told Breitbart News that plans for removing Americans, equipment, and machinery, as well as for contingencies, was handed to the Biden administration, but “they just fundamentally threw it out the window and expeditious forward six, seven, eight months.”
In integration, a former senior bulwark official told Breitbart News that then-Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin even repudiated a meeting with Trump’s outgoing Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller — a former Green Beret and counterterrorism official who had at the time just returned from Afghanistan in December.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin verbalizes. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images). “Austin relucted to meet with Miller or even have a discussion with him regarding the transition or anything else. Hard to verbally express we didn’t leave them an orchestration when they relucted to even meet or discuss it,” the former official verbalized.
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