Jocko Willink, a retired Navy SEAL, took to Instagram to post a brief video Monday imagining he was the U.S. Commander-in-Chief during a speech to the nation on the Afghan calamity and the measures it would take to solve the problem.
The Biden administration has come under heavy criticism from those who say the US withdrawal could hardly have been worse. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, became visibly annoyed during a briefing when asked about “stranded” Americans. She said it was inaccurate to say they were stranded and reconfirmed the United States’ commitment to bring home all Americans who wish to leave.
Willink appeared in the black and white video in a black t-shirt and a shaved haircut. He looked firm and spoke in short bursts of declarative sentences. He explained in the caption of the video that this is how he would approach the situation in the world.
He admitted to making “critical mistakes” in underestimating the capabilities of the Taliban. He said the blame was on him alone. He admitted that the US and Afghan allies were stranded, but said they “won’t be for long.”
He spent most of the speech proving the steps he would take to rectify the problem.
“In the next 48 hours America will control most of the major airports in Afghanistan,” he said. “Any resistance that we encounter from the Taliban or whatever – when we seize these airports – will be completely and mercilessly destroyed. “
He said the takeover of those airports would allow US forces to conduct rapid rescue missions across the country.
“Anyone who interferes with these operations will be killed,” he said.
He also said he would order troops to take back or destroy weapons and equipment left behind by fleeing Afghan troops.
“Anyone using, guarding or located near these weapons or equipment will be killed,” he said.
He said that once the Americans and Afghans are extracted and the weapons recovered or destroyed, the United States will leave the country. But he vowed to keep a close eye on possible terrorist activity or human rights violations using surveillance technology. He also said the United States would support freedom fighters in the country through airstrikes and special forces units.
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He said the United States would continue to support it until the enemy was no longer a threat to America or “the good Afghan people”.
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