We won’t name him because he deleted his tweet and sincerely apologized, but someone asked Joey Jones the other day if “he’d be willing to go and fight” in Afghanistan after Jones reacted to the suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. service members. Obviously, Jones did go and fight in Afghanistan and lost his legs to an IED.
Jones must have been watching today when CENTCOM Gen. Kenneth McKenzie officially declared the end of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. They weren’t able to get out every American who wanted to get out, estimating there were “hundreds,” but he did say the Taliban was “helpful” as well as pragmatic and businesslike.
McKenzie says the Taliban have been very "pragmatic and businesslike" during the withdrawal. Adds that the TB "established a firm perimeter outside of the airfield to prevent people from coming on the airfield during departure" — they were “helpful.”
— Sasha Ingber (@SashaIngber) August 30, 2021
Gen. McKenzie says of the Taliban, "I do know this just speaking clearly practically as a professional, they helped us secure the airfield, not perfectly, but they gave it a very good effort, and it was actually significantly helpful to us, particularly here at the end."
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) August 30, 2021
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 30, 2021
"We will work with the Taliban" and next government of #Afghanistan to ensure US citizens remaining there are protected and can leave if they want, says Gen. McKenzie.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 30, 2021
The top U.S. general also praised the Taliban for their "very good efforts" in guarding the #Kabul airport.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) August 30, 2021
Will we make them breakfast tomorrow morning too?
— JB (@jbbrown5280) August 30, 2021
Imagine being the family of the fallen soldier hearing this crap, OMG heartbreak.
— Investor (@KietTang10) August 30, 2021
Chalk up Jones among those not celebrating as the last American planes take off from the airport in Kabul.
If you want to know what betrayal is? Have a man who commanded you to die/lose limbs fighting the Taliban address the world speaking glowingly about the Taliban.
— Joey Jones (@Johnny_Joey) August 30, 2021
Truth… this is very frustrating
— Stanlen Green (@GreenStanlen) August 30, 2021
It's fucking unreal.
— MIKE (@ExInfanteer) August 30, 2021
So maddening and disgraceful 🤬
— estrea baisden (@estrea_b) August 30, 2021
— Vicki Truelove (@tatevicki65) August 30, 2021
Disgraceful, shameful, can’t even imagine. 💔
— POSITIVEable (@positive_able) August 30, 2021
God Bless You Joey. Thank you for your service! I am feeling your pain. My son did one tour in Afghanistan and fortunately came home in one piece. Shame on many of these generals have proven unworthy of your sacrifice.
— Finest_of_the_Wheat (@himatthecross) August 30, 2021
Yes, I can not imagine how that sounded to you and thousands of others 🤬
— MimiMable (@TeresaGunz) August 30, 2021
Ugh, I'm so sorry Joey. I can't imagine how hard this is for you to watch unfold.
— Yutzy 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@JediKeri) August 30, 2021
McKenzie disgraced himself today.
Generals become unrecognizable when they put their careers ahead of principle.
— Michael P Pregent (@MPPregent) August 30, 2021
This is infuriating 🤬
— Kellcapo (@kellcapo) August 30, 2021
The casual nature in which the Pentagon talks about leaving people behind is infuriating and disgusting. “Oh well” is the attitude.
— Kirk Wilson (@KirkWilson) August 30, 2021
It’s such a travesty that we have so many good, decent, honorable men & women on the ground but the assholes who “lead” them are such hot garbage.
— finally light at the end of the tunnel! (@transcended) August 30, 2021
We’re so grateful for your service, we’ll never forget what you and all the troops have done for us. Don’t let this man and this administration take away what you did for our country. We appreciate you and will never forget. God bless you and all who served.
— Blake Clark (@laladaniella) August 30, 2021
As an OIF Veteran, words can't express my anger.
— Charlesgregoryhamilton (@DeadRabbit43) August 30, 2021
Yeah, "The Taliban has been very helpful to us". Pathetic. Resign.
— America IS great! (@Stop_Govt_Waste) August 30, 2021
Sick to my stomach and I never served. Can’t imagine what vets are feeling.
— suzmcc (@MccloreySuzanne) August 30, 2021
Listening to this briefing…My heart is breaking and my stomach is turning. I can’t imagine how you and your brothers are feeling. I’m sorry for this added pain.
— 1of4morgans (@1of4morgans) August 30, 2021
Nothing like a stab in the back
— Robert B (@RobertBMass) August 30, 2021
I am so, so sorry that you and all those who have served are being treated this way. I cannot imagine the way you all must feel. Our leaders are a disgrace to the entire nation. Please know that you have the deep deep gratitude of all us normals. Blessings to all of you.
— Clay Staggs (@claystaggs) August 30, 2021
I bet you wanted to go through the TV…. shameful. And yes… how DARE him act like the Taliban are great business partners
— Nancy Ingold (@nsingold) August 30, 2021
And now, as McKenzie said, we move on to the “diplomatic sequel” to get those remaining Americans out.
“Diplomatic sequel?” pic.twitter.com/mIibToEG85
— Mediocre Gatsby (@MiddlingGatsby) August 30, 2021
Pallets of cash? General predicts the US will be able to get remaining Americans out of Afghanistan in the ‘diplomatic sequel’ to the war https://t.co/H7o8IwZD7u
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 30, 2021