Heartbreaking. Infuriating. Tragic. Traumatic. No single word can describe the horrendous attacks on U.S. servicemembers and Afghan civilians near Kabul airport throughout the day on Thursday. Those four only scratch the surface of the emotion veterans feel today.
As veterans, many of whom served in Afghanistan ourselves, we honor and remember those who gave their lives in support of this crucial evacuation effort—an effort that has saved more than 100,000 U.S. citizens and our Afghan allies. We grieve for those Americans and Afghans who died today, and with it, we steel our resolve to bring every single one of our citizens and allies to safety.
The fact remains that thousands of Americans, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and refugees remain on the ground in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan. With their lives at stake, the United States and our global allies cannot afford any distraction from ongoing evacuation efforts. This is not the time to renege on our commitment to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This is not the time to resort to xenophobic, anti-Muslim, or anti-refugee rhetoric that does nothing but fuel hate. This is a time for unity, cooperation, and a commitment to the thousands whose lives remain at stake.
Team Common Defense