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Shortly before the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban *, Antony Blinken attempted to defend the alleged success of the country’s Afghan mission, which he said “is clearly not Saigon”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was criticized Monday for his reluctance to answer journalists’ questions after a speech on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

In his speech, the senior American diplomat hailed the end of the American presence in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war. Blinken also admitted that there were between 100 and 200 Americans left in Afghanistan who still wanted to leave the country despite the completion of the US withdrawal on Monday.

“We are trying to determine exactly how much,” he said at the press conference.

As he finished his speech, several reporters attempted to shout questions at Blinken, who however ignored them as they walked away from the podium.

Most reporters immediately took aim at the Secretary of State on social media, with CNN host Jim Sciutto berating Blinken for failing to “answer reporters’ questions after a speech and a moment like this.”

Curtis Houck, editor of the NewsBusters blog site, called Blinken “weak”, tweeting that “turn your back and walk away – the symbol of defeat for this administration”. editor-in-chief and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tweeted sarcastically about Blinken’s “perfect” behavior, adding that “after confirming that hundreds of Americans have been left behind in Afghanistan” , the Secretary of State “turns and walks away. No questions.”

They were echoed by many netizens who also lambasted Blinken’s refusal to answer reporters’ questions, which one Twitter user noted as “depressing to watch.”

“Secretary of State Blinken just finished his statement. He left quickly, didn’t ask any questions. Unbelievable,” another user tweeted.

In an interview with the American channel ABC News on August 15, Blinken attempted to defend the national mission in Afghanistan, also dismissing the parallels between the events in the war-ravaged country and the Vietnam War (1955-1975).

“It’s obviously not Saigon. We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission in mind, and that was to deal with the people who attacked us on September 11, and that mission was a success. “, he said.

Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the Vietnam People’s Army on April 30, 1975. This marked the end of the Vietnam War, a military conflict between North Vietnam, supported by China and the Soviet Union, and South Vietnam, supported by the United States and its allies.

The comparisons to Vietnam emerged after US President Joe Biden asserted on July 8 that the Afghan military could handle the Taliban.

“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese army. They are not at all comparable in terms of capabilities. There will be no circumstance where you will see people being lifted from the roof of the United States Embassy since then. Afghanistan, all comparable, ”he said.

The demands were followed by the takeover of the Afghan capital Kabul by the Taliban on August 15 and the hasty evacuation of US embassy staff and allied Afghans from Kabul airport.

* The Taliban are a banned terrorist group in Russia and many other countries.


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