Veterans devastated by Biden’s Afghanistan debacle lead the way in helping stranded allies, each other

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Two years ago, this month, as things fell apart in Kabul, Afghanistan, our Task Force Pineapple was scrambling to save as many Afghan allies as we could. I sat at my kitchen counter with my wife right in front of me, but I was 7,000 miles away furiously reading and crafting urgent text messages within our signal chat room. 

Suddenly, I received a text that interrupted my maniacal flow state of digital rescue. It was my buddy Brad, a former Green Beret I’d served with in Afghanistan. I glanced at his message.

“Is there a way for me to get to a country close to Afghanistan and be on the ground to help get our people out?” 

President Joe Biden speaks about the end of the war in Afghanistan from the State Dining Room of the White House, Aug. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

I shook my head in frustration, and swiped the screen back to the signal room where evacuation planning was underway. None of us were going to Afghanistan. Remote rescue was the best we could hope for. I’d explain that to Brad when things slowed down. 


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