by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times
August 20, 2021
KABUL — According to a US colonel in the 82nd Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue told his British Army counterpart, a high-ranking field-grade officer with the British army’s 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, that British operations were embarrassing the US military in the absence of comparable US military operations.
British sources have said they will not comply with the request since they are here to rescue British citizens, not take orders from embarrassed American generals that are hampered by political and military authorities.
As the situation grows worse around the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul and throughout the county, US military personnel are increasing becoming hampered by military and political leaders in Washington causing a dramatic slowdown in the American rescue effort. The main problem is lack of communication between the White House, the Pentagon, and Allied Forces.
On the other hand, the British and other allies have a clear mission with the freedom to carry it out in due course to rescue their citizens. In some cases, the US has become dependent on our allies to rescue American citizens while waiting for orders from the Biden administration. Let us be clear, the problem is not US soldiers on the ground, but the ineptitude of the top leadership.