The former US Navy SEAL is calling President Joe Biden a “disaster” after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan followed by Taliban resurgence.
Robert J. O’Neill, 45, is a motivational speaker, Fox News contributor, and former United States Navy SEAL (1996–2012). He participated in May 2011’s Operation Neptune Spear with SEAL Team Six.
O’Neill was the subject of controversy for claiming to be the sole individual to kill Osama bin Laden. He claims to have shot bin Laden three times in the head during a top-secret raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The ex-navy has unleashed a furious Twitter tirade in which he called President Joe Biden a “disaster.”
“This is the worst loss in American history,” he tweeted. “Our most popular president has vanished. Prove me wrong.”
He also trolled Biden on the Bin Laden raid, saying that “Joe Biden opposed the raid to kill Bin Laden. At least he lost Afghanistan in 7 months.”
Afghanistan fell to the Taliban within a matter of days, rather than the 30-90 days US intelligence analysts predicted, undoing two decades’ worth of gains made by US troops stationed in the country in the wake of 9/11.
In just a few days, the Taliban has managed to retake the country just as overseas forces were preparing to pull out their remaining troops.
The rebels stormed Kabul’s Presidential Palace and began talks with politicians about a peaceful transfer of power.
The events have left many who served in the Middle East heartbroken and disappointed about how all their hard work has collapsed so quickly.
Kabul international airport exploded in chaos when Afghan civilians desperate to escape Taliban rule tried to flee the country.
Video shows hordes of people running alongside a US Air Force cargo plane as it taxied down the runway, with many trying to hold on.
Seven people were thought to be dead as chaos erupted at Kabul airport. Fatalities include those who fell from a plane after it took off and two gunmen who were shot by US troops.
Others are said to have died in a stampede as desperate Afghans clung to a taxiing military transport plane on the runway.
O’Neill has also pinned the blame on Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, demanding he resigns over the US troop drawdown.
“There are Afghans falling to their deaths off of our retreating aircraft,” he tweeted. “Has @thejointstaff resigned yet?”
Following up in a later tweet, O’Neill pressed: “Not yet. Just checking.”
“Have any of our generals and admirals resigned out of disgrace yet?” he added.
Fellow retired Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden echoed O’Neill’s criticisms of the Biden administration on Fox & Friends Monday morning as he called on the Secretaries of State and Defense to step down.
Osama bin Laden was one of the main reasons for America to begin its decades-long war following the September 11 attacks back in 2001. Then-President, George W. Bush, ordered the Taliban to hand over the terrorist to answer for his crimes against the West.
They refused to extradite him and America launched Operation Enduring Freedom, aka the War on Terrorism. Even when Bin Laden was killed, America stayed in Afghanistan to ensure local forces could be trained to prevent a Taliban renaissance.
The evacuation of Americans out of Kabul continued Tuesday with US defense officials vowing to fly 5,000 a day out of the Taliban stronghold.
Around 700 people were flown out of the region overnight on seven C-17 jets while as many as 40,000 Americans remain stranded including in remote parts of the country.
President Joe Biden has now been under heavy criticism for his decision to pull troops out of the region before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
In a speech, President Biden defended his decision.
“I stand squarely behind my decision,” the president said. “After 20 years I have learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw US forces. That is why we are still there.”
“I am deeply saddened by the facts we now face, but I do not regret my decision to end America’s warfighting in Afghanistan,” Biden added. “I cannot and will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country’s civil war.”
“I will not mislead the American people by claiming that just a little more time in Afghanistan will make all the difference.”
“There are some very brave and capable Afghan special forces units and soldiers, but if Afghanistan is unable to mount any real resistance to the Taliban now, there is no chance that one year, one more year, five more years or 20 more years of US military boots on the ground would have made any difference,” Biden added.
Other countries are also scrambling to evacuate their own citizens from the country as the Taliban continues to close in on the airport and now controls every access point from the city to the airport.
The Taliban has promised to give a “two-week grace period” for foreign countries to evacuate their citizens on the ground – a promise many are fearful will not be upheld.
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