U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was vacationing hours before the Taliban took over Kabul, according to the New York Post.
Blinken was one of several top-level Biden administration officials to have gone on vacation the Friday before the Afghan Capitol was taken by the group on August 15.
He allegedly left Washington D.C. for the Hamptons on August 13, just two days prior to Afghanistan’s collapse on August 15, according to the New York Post.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 30, 2021
According to the Washington Post, Joe Biden’s inept Secretary of State had to be called back from the Hamptons, an affluent seaside community on the East End of Long Island, New York, as Afghanistan quickly turned into a war zone.
In fact, President Joe Biden himself was also on a trip away and had arrived at the presidential retreat at Camp David that day.
“By August, the dominant view was that the Taliban wasn’t likely to pose a serious threat to Kabul until late fall,” The Washington Post reported. “On the Friday afternoon, before Kabul fell, the White House was starting to empty out, as many of the senior staff prepared to take their first vacations of Biden’s young presidency. Earlier in the day, Biden had arrived at Camp David, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken was already in the Hamptons.”
Intelligence reports had estimated that Kabul was not likely to be at risk from the Taliban for several months – probably until at least late fall.
But the Afghanistan military collapsed and the warlords swept through the country in a little over a week.
Joe Biden knew tens of thousands of Americans would be trapped and in danger but he ordered a full withdrawal of troops anyway.
Despite being warned about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, Joe Biden and his Secretary of State left Washington and vacationed.
Biden has been widely criticized for his handling of the pullout of US forces from the war-torn country after a protracted 21-year presence and the events that led to the suicide bombing that killed more than 180 people, including 13 US service members.