world war ii
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!"
NEW! "This could be—Afghanistan—another Dunkirk situation!" - President Donald J. Trump https://t.co/zTCo8SpB4a— Liz Harrington (@Liz Harrington) 1629325407.0
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.
You'd think that Trump would have been clued in by the fact that it's literally nicknamed the "Miracle of Dunkirk". https://t.co/TaVcjOvsY8— Kendall Brown (@Kendall Brown) 1629326700.0
I think Trump comparing #Afghanistan to Dunkirk just congratulated Biden on the Afghanistan evacuation https://t.co/bOIy6V4HsE— redwhiskeypete (@redwhiskeypete) 1629330189.0
I'm speechless. I accept Trump is an unlearned idiot, but does he have NO ONE near him who has read a book or knows… https://t.co/mi1DWM9MZb— Kurt Eichenwald (@Kurt Eichenwald) 1629331033.0
What an idiot https://t.co/F7FHWkkBFg— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1629327837.0
It was called "The Miracle of Dunkirk" for a reason. Without the rescue of those military personnel from the area's… https://t.co/FPtzo8Axbt— Peter Jackson II (@Peter Jackson II) 1629345523.0
It’s remarkable that no one in his orbit knows anything other than how to grift. https://t.co/feirupgpiN— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1629328007.0
Some could think of reasons Trump would consider Dunkirk a failure.
You’re assuming Trump is looking at it from the allies’ point of view. https://t.co/JTiYv8zT2k— Tyler Hansen (@Tyler Hansen) 1629348509.0
For similar reasons, he considers the end of The Sound of Music to be a complete disaster. https://t.co/mMMdcHbnid— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) 1629347636.0
The Dunkirk rescue operation was a failure, provided you were pullin’ for the other team https://t.co/lZkGvPCSjg— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain) 1629334929.0
Biden has sent additional troops to Afghanistan to assist in evacuations, and has said they won't leave until all Americans are out.