As the world watched in horror last month, the United States suffered one of the deadliest attacks on its armed forces in years. Thirteen service members lost their lives in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, along with scores of Afghan civilians.
Now, one Marine sniper has testified to Congress about a shocking order allegedly given by the Biden administration that may have contributed to the tragedy.
According to Political Signal, a conservative news outlet, Marine Corporal Whitney Fridge appeared before the House Oversight Committee on September 14 to detail the events leading up to the attack.
Fridge, who was stationed at the airport at the time, testified that the U.S. military had been using biometric identification to screen Afghans seeking entry to the airport. This involved taking fingerprints and other identifying information from people who wished to enter the airport and comparing it to U.S. databases to check for potential security threats.
However, Fridge claims that the Biden administration abruptly changed course and ordered the military to expedite the screening process in order to evacuate more people faster. Instead of waiting for biometric data to clear before allowing people to enter the airport, troops were instructed to let large groups of Afghans through without proper screening.
This, Fridge alleges, led to the suicide bomber being able to blend in with a crowd of innocent civilians and gain access to the airport. The Marine claims that the bomber had not been properly screened and was allowed to walk right up to a group of U.S. service members before detonating his explosives.
“The blood of my fellow Marines and innocent Afghan civilians is on the hands of the Biden administration,” Fridge told the committee.
It’s important to note that Fridge’s testimony has not been independently corroborated, and there may be multiple factors that contributed to the attack. However, if her allegations are true, they represent a serious failure of leadership and decision-making by the Biden administration.
The U.S. military and intelligence community are still investigating the attack and trying to piece together exactly how it happened. It’s possible that more details will emerge in the coming weeks and months that shed light on what went wrong.
Whatever the conclusion, one thing is certain: the families of the 13 service members who lost their lives in the attack deserve answers and accountability. If the Biden administration did indeed make a decision that ultimately led to their deaths, there must be consequences. That is the least we owe to our brave men and women in uniform.