Progressive Democrat Turns on Biden after Secret Kabul Trip: ‘Total Disaster’
Rep. Seth Moulton says conditions are harrowing and ‘crazy'
Progressive Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton (MA), who is an Iraq War veteran, took a secret trip to Kabul to see firsthand the chaos the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal had caused.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Moulton said the conditions inside the Kabul airport were harrowing and ‘crazy.'
He also said he saw military members break down, according to the NY Mag interview via the DailyMail.
“Moulton, who did four tours in Iraq with support from the local population and who has been an advocate for doing more for Afghans seeking special visas, says it gave him a close-up look at the desperation and squalor on the ground," the outlet reported.
“‘The thing that everybody needs to understand, even if you completely agree with the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw, the way they have handled this has been a total f****** disaster."
He said the fallout from the botched operation would be “measured in bodies because a lot of people are dying because they can’t get out.”
“As crazy as this sounds, we need a positive relationship with the Taliban to have any hope of getting out the thousands of people we’ll leave behind down the road,” Moulton added.
Moulton said he and veteran in Congress, Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), knew they would be blasted for the trip and tried “to be as efficient as possible at finding the truth and saving a few lives.”
They flew to the United Arab Emirates and connected to C-17 bound for Kabul.
He said the trip was designed to create minimal interference in the mission and that he felt forced to use military contacts after his requests to take an official trip were denied.
“Peter and I had been talking for a while about going to Kabul because all our official requests had been denied,” Moulton said, adding that he made requests “over months, not just recently”– long before the Taliban took Kabul.
Moulton described how he was crushed by what he witnessed on the ground.
Evacuees were housed in hangars in blistering 120-degree heat, scrambling to find shade.
They were “in hangars, some of them are just on the tarmac, and it’s crazy,” he said.
“We understood as one only can from being on the ground in Kabul that we were never going to finish this in time, even if we extended to September 11th.”
“I’ve never seen more people cry, just salty Marines, seasoned State Department veterans just break down in tears, talking about their work, and hugging me, and saying thank you for coming,” Moulton added.
Moulton's account cements what the majority of American voters already believe, that the current situation in Afghanistan is far worse than the media is reporting.
Out of 1,000 likely voters surveyed August 24-25, 2021, just 29% said they “trust what the news media are reporting about the current situation in Afghanistan.
"53% said they don't trust what the media is reporting.