As the world reels at the scale of the abject American collapse in the face of the Taliban, it has been reported that, in June, the Biden administration terminated a bureau, set up by former President Trump, which was created to help evacuate Americans from foreign countries.
The Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR) was established in October 2020 under former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It was designed to avoid the debacles of the sort that took place in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 when Jihadists attacked the American embassy and the humiliating response to that by a clearly unprepared security section.
In a scenario like what we’re now seeing in Afghanistan, where up to 15,000 US citizens and many more anti-Taliban personnel remain trapped, the CCR would have provided “aviation, logistics, and medical support capabilities for the Department’s operational bureaus, thereby enhancing the secretary’s ability to protect American citizens overseas in connection with overseas evacuations in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster.”
A memo, acquired by Fox News, shows that the Biden Administration terminated the CCR in June, even as the administration was putting in place plans to withdraw from Afghanistan.
While the White House has claimed that the CCR was not yet in place and could still be re-activated, it was listed as being operational in a State Department Foreign Affairs Manual in January. This comes amid increasingly desperate and embarrassing attempts by the Democrats and their media supporters to pass off the blame for the humiliation caused by Biden onto Trump.
Critics have compared the events in Kabul to those in Saigon in 1975 which saw similar photographs of helicopters taking desperate people from the roof of an American embassy. The disgraced Nixon administration had already decided to withdraw but had planned to leave a Vietnamese administration capable of resisting the Communists.
That was scuppered by the decision of Congress, including then Senator Joe Biden, to effectively deny the funding that would have helped sustain the Saigon military.
North Vietnam, just like the Taliban, realised that their enemy had exposed itself as unwilling to sustain its allies and moved in for the kill, condemning tens of thousands of Vietnamese to torture, murder, and labour camps.
History is repeating itself, it would seem.