The fathers of two marines killed in the Kabul airport suicide bombing voiced devastation and resentment of the Biden Administration during news interviews.
“I blame my own military leaders… Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.” Steve Nikoui, father of a fallen marine.
Another father, Mark Schmitz said “Be afraid of our leadership, or lack thereof. Pray every day for the soldiers that are putting their lives at risk and doing what they love, which is protecting all of us. I think they’re the only ones that we can honestly say have our backs.” When asked if he had a message for America.
Schmitz regaled stories of his sons hard work and devotion to the Marine Corps.
“I have never seen a young man train as hard as he did to be the best soldier he could be,” he said. “And that’s a big part of, obviously, why we’re all devastated and sad, but there’s so much anger right now because he wasn’t even given that opportunity to demonstrate all the skills he had perfected and learned while in the Corps.”
Schmitz continued, “He took his job very seriously, and somebody just came along and took the easy way out and ended everything for him and for us, and for those others that were killed.”
Fox reported, Steve Nikoui told the website that he was notified of his son’s death by a group of Marines who showed up on his doorstep Thursday evening. The elder Nikoui said he had stayed home from work after hearing the news of Thursday’s attack and had been “glued to the TV” waiting for any word of his son.
Nikoui said the Marines who delivered the dreaded news were “more choked up than me.”
He told the outlet that he attempted to console the Marines on the day of his own sons death. He also however wanted them to leave as soon as possible, so that his family would not see.
He felt that it was only right that he bear the News to everyone else.
President Joe Biden produced a situation that pinned down our troops at the Kabul airport and effectively made them sitting ducks.
These troops have no safe way to search and evaluate people coming into the airport for evacuation. Anyone could be a terrorist.
These soldiers did not need to be placed in such a perilous situation, and it could have been avoided. It was not inevitable, it was a result of poor planning and leadership in the White House.