Kabul, Afghanistan is still in a very chaotic state. Although the Taliban fighters have thus far not stopped American civilians from reaching the airport, they are setting up more and more checkpoints in the city. They have reportedly turned away Afghans looking to flee the country. 

Earlier this week, President Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley addressed the situation of thousands of American personnel and Afghan civilians trying to reach the airport to get out. 

Two points of President Biden and General Milley are noteworthy. Both mentioned that no one foresaw the complete collapse of the Aghan regime. Milley said on Wednesday that “there was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse” of the Afghan government and Afghan National Army (ANA).

That, while open for debate, is simply not true. The Pentagon ignored any naysayers when it came to the Afghan Army. Instead, it always painted a rosy picture of the Afghan military’s prowess when fighting the Taliban. Back in June, SOFREP had reported that many analysts were predicting a rapid collapse of the Afghan government in as little as three months.