‘Ashamed of my country!’ Ex-US top brass slams Biden over ‘massive failure’ of leadership

David Sedney 'ashamed' of US evacuation from Afghanistan

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David S.Sedney has slammed US President Joe Biden over the speedy evacuation of Afghanistan, calling it a “massive failure”. The former Defence chief said he feels “ashamed of” his country after witnessing the chaotic scenes at Kabul Airport following the Taliban’s arrival in the capital.  Mr Sedney told BBC Newsnight: “It was just over 30 days ago that the US pulled out 3000 troops, and now they’re putting them back in order to evacuate people.

 “This is a massive failure by President Biden and his administration.


“It’s the end of a democracy, that the United States, NATO, United Kingdom and others supported.


He went on: “I am ashamed of my country for the horrible way it is abandoning Afghanistan.

“The troops that will there they will save some people, they will be dependent on Afghan forces, who then they will then abandon to the Taliban and to death.

“That is going to be a very tricky situation for the troops because they’re going to say Afghan troops please help us, but we’re not going to help you.”

Mr Sedney added: “This is a very difficult situation for everybody involved. But most of all a tragedy for the Afghan people.”


Last week, Joe Biden pulled out American troops from Afghanistan, and on Sunday, the Taliban won after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled and his government collapsed.

The US suspended its evacuation from Kabul but it has now resumed.

Many Afghan citizens ran alongside a moving military transporter in attempts to flee the country as it prepared for take-off.

At least two who clung to the side of the plane are reported to have died when they fell.


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Joe Biden addressed the nation yesterday, saying he stands “squarely” behind the US exit from Afghanistan as he faces raging criticism over his leadership.

He said: “If anything, the developments of the past week reinforce that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision.

“American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”‘

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