Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, the man who shot and killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, said he has a solution to President Joe Biden’s evacuation problem in Afghanistan.
During a Fox News interview this week, O’Neill bluntly said, “Give me nine guys. I’m gonna walk through the streets and I’m gonna kill everyone I see, and I’m gonna grab the Americans. It is not difficult.”
He added, “But we have these people who are in charge that are a disgrace. I am amazed that there haven’t been at least 30 generals and admirals that haven’t resigned or been fired today.”
O’Neill pointed the blame directly at Biden in another quote, saying, “But we won’t because we have a commander-in-chief that was put there through whatever happened at four in the morning on election night.” He added, “This is nonsense. It’s insulting.”
For their part, a Biden military commander refuted O’Neill’s remarks. Commander Tony Thomas tweeted after the interview, “I apologize. We, Special Operations, raised this guy. We promoted him through the ranks and ultimately gave him the honor of representing this country on the raid to kill Usama Bin Laden. He has turned it into his money making embarrassing schtick.”
O’Neill is more right than Thomas. It’s not a matter of whether America has the military might to properly rescue its people in Afghanistan. It’s a matter of whether it has the will to do so. And more than a week after the Taliban took control of the country, President Biden has not ordered troops to go against the Taliban’s wishes. Biden has relegated U.S. troops “rescue” efforts to the airport only, forcing Americans to travel through Taliban controlled streets to make their way to the airport.
Biden and administration even refuse to call the Taliban the enemy. They stay only at the airport, say they’ll be out by Aug. 31 and ask for permission to do anything.
That’s not how American military power operates. You don’t ask if you can evacuate Americans. You do it. And you stop anyone who gets in the way.
It’s not enough to have the most powerful military in the world if you are too scared to use it. We’ve all seen the images of terrified Afghan mother and fathers handing U.S. military officers their babies because they’re scared to let them be raised in a country led by the Taliban. These mothers and father’s would rather they risk never seeing their children again than they be raised under Taliban rule.
Just about every expert knew in advance that radicals would take over Afghanistan as soon as the U.S. left. The only question was how long it would take. Instead of a proper transition of people and supplies out of the nation, the Biden administration flew its troops out only to have to send more back in to clean up the mess.
Maybe we should put O’Neill in charge of the military? Or just stick him in the White House? At least then we’d have someone who could make his own decisions to protect American lives. Plus, every terrorist in Afghanistan would be scared to death of the man who killed bin Laden running the country.
It might not be a bad idea. Maybe make it a Trump-O’Neill ticket just to make sure we cover all the voters. We’d save America, save Americans in Afghanistan and put the fear of God into the hearts of the terrorists who want to do us harm.