You know it is bad in Afghanistan when NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, admits it is difficult to know exactly who American forces are helping get out of the country.
“Nobody really knows. Uh, people who could get onto the base, could convince the Marines that they have a sympathetic case. Some have paperwork, some don’t. Some are unaccompanied minors. It is really a mixed bag and that is part of the problem here.
Engel said it was supposed to be an evacuation for “very limited people.” It was supposed to be individuals who are Americans, foreign contractors, foreign nationals, those who worked with American troops and those who were at risk.
“But now there is total panic in Kabul,” he said. “People are rushing to that base, so it is very, very difficult.”
Engel said there is only half a base that is carrying out the evacuation plan. There are “thousands” of people left to get out of Afghanistan, but nobody knows the exact number of who is supposed to get out right away.
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd even bit the bullet and said “it is now President Biden who has become the face of this disastrous withdrawal.”
Todd called Biden’s approval rating “mediocre.” He also noted just 25 percent of people approve of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. He’s also seen a 16-point drop on his handling of COVID.
Todd even admitted Afghanistan is threatening to be a forever stain on his presidency.