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Dem senator compares fall of Kabul to Saigon as Biden admin denies connection

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Side-by-side images of the fall of Saigon in 1975 and Kabul in 2021.

 

By Sebastian Hughes
Daily Caller News Foundation

A Democratic senator compared the scene in Kabul as the U.S. rushed to evacuate embassy personnel and Afghan allies to the fall of Saigon in 1975 on Monday.

“Sad. My father was our next-to-last ambassador in Saigon, and our ambassador when ‘peace deal’ was negotiated in Laos,” tweeted Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. “How that all ended deserved more attention.”

Two years after withdrawing troops from Vietnam, former President Gerald Ford ordered the evacuation of Americans from Saigon, along with South Vietnamese allies, as the city fell to the North Vietnamese faster than anticipated.

It took 80 helicopters over 19 hours to evacuate Saigon, with thousands of Vietnamese civilians climbing the walls of the U.S. embassy with the hope of getting onto one of those helicopters.

Though embassy staff in Saigon processed visas, the order eventually came to “stop loading so many Vietnamese and to get the remaining Americans out fast. It limited the number of helicopter flights that would be sent into the embassy area from carriers off-shore and politely suggested to the ambassador that he be on one of those,” The Washington Postreported at the time.

Comparisons between Saigon and the Afghanistan withdrawal surfaced quickly among President Joe Biden’s critics.

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