Vice President Kamala Harris was shredded on social media over a tweet about Americans getting vaccinated even as emergency operations are underway in Kabul to evacuate U.S. Embassy personnel amid an onslaught by the Taliban and the collapse of the government in Afghanistan.
“Please protect yourself and your loved ones – get vaccinated,” Harris tweeted Sunday morning, drawing instant negative reactions from scores of platform users.
“But if you’re in Afghanistan and want to protect yourself and your loved ones, you’re on your own,” AdamInHTown wrote in response.
“What about the situation in Afghanistan?” another user posted along with a photo of President Joe Biden eating ice cream and Harris laughing, superimposed with a U.S. military helicopter transporting embassy personnel away from the Embassy in Kabul.
What about the situation in Afghanistan? pic.twitter.com/cx6kktZljH
— Todd Krampitz (@tkrampitz) August 15, 2021
“Meanwhile in other news, mostly peaceful protests take place in Afghanistan,” another user noted.
“Nah. Maybe concern yourself with Afghanistan instead?” said another.
Additional users noted:
— “Actually more worried about protecting the women and girls that your government has just abandoned to a terrible fate in Afghanistan.”
— “Shutup. You have created a mess in Afghaniston[sp].”
— “Please protect our country’s national security – secure the border.”
Harris’ post comes as U.S. Embassy personnel are being evacuated hastily from Kabul and U.S. forces are being sent back in to protect their escape.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinkin strongly suggested during an interview Sunday with CNN that the situation in Afghanistan would not be any different today if the U.S. military had remained, which some took as degrading to American servicemen and servicewomen.
“The idea that the status quo could have been maintained by keeping our forces there is simply wrong. The fact is, had the president decided to keep forces in Afghanistan beyond May 1st, attacks would have resumed on our forces,” Blinken told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The Taliban had not been attacking our forces or NATO during the period from which the agreement was reached to May 1st. The offensive you are seeing across the country to take the provincial capitals would have commenced,” Blinken added.
“We would have been back at war with the Taliban. I would probably be on this program today explaining why we were sending tens of thousands of American forces back into Afghanistan and back to war — something the American people simply don’t support,” he added.
Blinken’s predecessor, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pushed back hard on the Biden White House’s suggestion that the Trump administration should shoulder some blame for the collapse of the country back into Taliban hands.
“We have an administration that has refused to adopt the deterrence model that President Trump and I had,” Pompeo told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, going on to mention a litany of other foreign policy failures including “Iranian rockets” being fired into Israel from Hezbollah, Chinese diplomats disrespecting Blinken and U.S. officials in Anchorage, Alaska, and allowing the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany to be completed.
“And now we’re allowing the Taliban to run free and wild all over Afghanistan,” he added.
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