Jocko Willink, former Navy Seal and now known influencer, used his Instagram account to record a message where he imagines he is the president of the United States, admits he made a mistake in the military withdrawal from Afghanistan but explains his plan to solve the crisis and end the threat of the Taliban terrorist group.
Jocko, a former Navy Seal, well known for his motivational videos, took on the ‘Presidency’ of the United States for three and a half minutes to admit that he made a mistake in withdrawing military forces from Afghanistan. His video racked up more than a million views in just 15 hours.
“As you know, we were set to leave Afghanistan this month and as we began the final draw down, I made some critical errors,” the former Marine says in his video. “Namely, I underestimated the strength of the Taliban, and I overestimated the strength and capability of the friendly Afghan forces. This was my fault—and due to my mistake, the Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan.”
Last Aug. 15, after the United States began withdrawing its military presence in Afghanistan, the Taliban terrorist group that ruled the country until 2001 when it was displaced by the American invasion, seized power by force by overthrowing the Afghan government within days.
In what was labeled by critics as an unplanned withdrawal and a weak military response, the Biden administration has drawn harsh criticism from both the Republican opposition and the mainstream media because thousands of Americans, allies, and Afghans were left stranded in the country while the Taliban executed those who helped the United States.
“Unfortunately, there are tens of thousands of Americans on the ground there, as well as friends and allies of America on the ground,” Willink laments. “These people, Americans and our allies, are all stranded, and that is my fault.”
Changing his tone from apologies for making a mistake, Jocko delivered a warning message for terrorists.
“In the next 48 hours, America will be in control of most major airports in Afghanistan,” the former Marine said. “Any resistance we meet from the Taliban or otherwise when we seize these airports will be destroyed completely and without mercy.”
“From those airports, we will conduct rapid strike rescue missions until we have recovered and evacuated all our citizens, allies and friends. Any person that interferes with these operations will be killed,” warned Willink who has extensive military experience.
In addition to the people who must be evacuated, there is great concern about the unknown quantity of weaponry the terrorists seized in their takeover.
According to a report by The Hill, between 2003 and 2016, the U.S. transferred to Afghan forces 75,898 vehicles, 599,690 weapons, 162,643 pieces of communications equipment, 208 aircraft and 16,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.
Between 2017 and 2019, the U.S. also gave Afghan forces 7,035 machine guns, 4,702 Humvees, 20,040 hand grenades, 2,520 bombs and 1,394 grenade launchers, among other equipment.
“As a direct result of the Biden Administration’s poorly planned and executed U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban is now armed with a significant arsenal of U.S.–made weaponry. Worse, it would appear the Biden Administration has no clue what or how many weapon platforms are now owned and operated by the Taliban,” wrote two Republican representatives who called for an investigation into the weaponry lost during the country’s military withdrawal.
Willink also addressed this in his three minutes as commander-in-chief.
“We will also recover or destroy all aircraft, vehicles, weapons and sensitive equipment we left behind. Any person utilizing, guarding, or located within close proximity to these weapons or equipment will be killed.” He added, “Once we have evacuated all friendly personnel and recovered or destroyed the weapons and equipment left behind, we will depart Afghanistan.”
However, like a good American, the former Marine promises that the United States will help Afghans rid themselves of the evil of terrorists, just as he warns that anyone who threatens security will be eliminated.
“We will continue to monitor everything that happens in Afghanistan through our ground and air surveillance equipment,” Willink said. “Terrorist’s training camps or activities will be targeted and destroyed.”
“We will continue that dedicated support until the enemy is no longer a threat to humanity or to the good people of Afghanistan”, the ex-marine said.
He ended his address by saying: ‘May God bless America, and my God have mercy on the souls of our enemy because we will not. That is all.”