John Kirby, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, said that he doesn’t “buy the whole argument of chaos” regarding the sudden U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, despite describing the scene as such in 2021.
In August 2021, President Biden began the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, prompting members of the Taliban to quickly retaliate and take control of the country despite assurances that Afghani forces supplied by the U.S. would keep the country stable.
During an Aug. 24, 2021, White House press briefing, Kirby described the scene of the withdrawal as chaotic, telling reporters in “the first few days” of the event, there was “physical crush and chaos.”
Despite his initial description of the scene, Kirby recently attempted to walk back on his claim, telling reporters that he “just didn’t see” the “chaos” in the withdrawal that led to the deaths of 13 American soldiers.
Kirby made the comment on Thursday while discussing a new 12-page report detailing the White House’s review of Biden’s withdrawal.
“For all this talk of chaos,