As the Taliban poured into the city of Kabul in their conquest of Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was reportedly vacationing in the Hamptons.
According to a detailed report in The Washington Post outlining the fall of Afghanistan, top Washington officials did not regard the Taliban as a significant threat to Afghanistan’s security well into August. On the eve of the terrorist-linked group’s conquering of Kabul, Blinken was vacationing in the Hamptons while Biden was at Camp David. From the report:
In June, U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that the Afghan government would hang on for at least another six months. By August, the dominant view was that the Taliban wasn’t likely to pose a serious threat to Kabul until late fall.
American officials may have been urging Ghani to show greater urgency. But their own actions suggested no immediate cause for alarm, with officials surrendering to the