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Local vet says Pentagon put too much trust in the Taliban

Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 12:23 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 6:58 PM EDT
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CLARKSBURG, W.Va (WDTV) - After the explosion in Kabul, the Biden Administration was facing criticism for how it was handling the issue at hand.

One local veteran explained how he thought the withdrawal went wrong, and how it affected his confidence in the politicians who led it.

Matthew Simmons was a veteran who was in Afghanistan for a little over two years.

He said he was disappointed in how the Biden Administration handled the withdrawal, which he explained caused deaths that could have been prevented.

“They just did it wrong. 100%. Completely,” he said. “They did it wrong.”

He says one of the biggest issues he has is that the Pentagon cut a deal with the Taliban to protect the airport in the aftermath of the withdrawal.

“Putting our trust in the Taliban to protect our civilians,” he explained, “is never going to work.”

Simmons also stated that he and his fellow veterans hit an all-time low in confidence.

When asked about what he and a veteran friend of his, who was still in Kabul, thought of the situation, he said, “Me and him actually came to a general consensus that, after this event, especially as a veteran, I have lost complete confidence in our government. Hands down. They don’t take care of us when we’re overseas, and they don’t take care of us when we get home. And that played out today in Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, the Biden Administration was vowing retribution in response to the deadly attacks.

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