The Biden administration continues to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan after the Taliban retook the region at a breakneck speed following the withdrawal of American troops.
The White House has faced widespread criticism for the chaos of the withdrawal—chaos that only escalated after the Taliban overtook the presidential palace in Kabul, leading thousands of Afghan allies to the Kabul International Airport in a frenzied effort to escape the country.
Former President Donald Trump, who freed around five thousand Taliban prisoners during his time in office, leapt to slam the Biden administration.
In his latest statement criticizing the withdrawal, the former President warned the withdrawal could be "another Dunkirk situation!"
Trump was alluding to the 1940 evacuation of Allied troops in Dunkirk, France during World War II.
The result of miscalculations and misfortunes, advancing Nazis cornered hundreds of thousands of Allied troops in the small French commune, with precious little time for the Allies to evacuate. Under constant attacks, civilians with "little ships" capable of navigating the shallow shore managed to rescue nearly 400 thousand troops in just a few days. The audacious rescue mission is credited today as one of the defining events of the Second World War.
To this day, "Dunkirk Spirit" is a British term used to describe the principle of unity and bravery in the strength of adversity.
Trump didn't seem to grasp this.
Some could think of reasons Trump would consider Dunkirk a failure.
Biden has sent additional troops to Afghanistan to assist in evacuations, and has said they won't leave until all Americans are out.