Thirteen members of the U.S. military were killed in the suicide attack in Kabul Thursday.
Earlier, I did a little memorial to all of them with some background on each, so you could see how special they all were. What was so troubling is how young they all were — most between 20-23, the oldest just 31 — all so dedicated to our country and so full of life. But because of the monstrous stupidity of the Biden Administration, they’re now gone and we no longer have all that promise they could have given to us.
Some of the parents didn’t hold back in criticism of the Biden Administration in heart-wrenching interviews and remarks. We reported earlier on some of the remarks from Kareem Nikoui’s father, Steve Nikoui.
“The Marines who came to deliver the news of Kareem’s death were ‘more choked up than me… I was actually trying to console them…’”
Dad of Marine Slain in Kabul Vents Anger at Military, Biden: https://t.co/DwnUc5M5DV
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) August 27, 2021
“They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security,” said Nikoui. “I blame my own military leaders… Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.”
But he went into more detail about his son and what he went through in an interview with Tucker Carlson last night.
Nikoui spoke about the dangerous situation of the very fixed location where the majority of the servicemembers are working at the airport.
Nikoui went on to compare the area of the airport Kareem and his colleagues were patrolling to a “turkey shoot.”
“Basically, it’s funneled into like a single-file type entry point at which, you know, if you have any sort of chaos of any sort, they would all gather to that one funneled area which they would all be susceptible and I think that’s exactly what happened,” he said. “It was just basically so chaotic and not really planned out. Now, I’m a carpenter and even I could spot that with my untrained military eye.”
He went on to describe the very emotional visit from the Marines to notify him.
“As soon as I saw it was three Marine suits [at the door], my life changed forever,” Nikoui said, in tears. He said the young men who came to tell him had “so much empathy” and “so much concern” for him and his family.
The rest of his story made me cry. He said he told the Marines, he wanted to tell the family and he didn’t want to shock them with the Marines there. But he thought maybe they would want the Marine condolences after he told them about Kareem’s death. So, he asked the young Marines to wait outside for four hours, until the family was ready and they could come back in. They did — and what fine people they are.
Please say a prayer for “Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz” from Wentzville, MO who paid the ultimate sacrifice yesterday serving our nation.
Thank you for your service young man! God Bless you and your family, Marine pic.twitter.com/1yaoxpg2uv
— 🇬🇧-🏴 Ulster-scots Farm ✋🇺🇸🐃🐂🐐 (@MrTbone1965) August 28, 2021
Jared Schimitz’s dad also had some words for the leadership.
When asked if he had a message for Americans grieving his family’s loss, Schmitz responded: “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.”
Now, these next remarks are very hard. They’re from Rylee McCollum’s mom. Rylee was 20 years old, married, and about to be a dad to a new baby in about three weeks.
Unfortunately, he did what too many before him have done and “gave the last full measure of devotion” to his nation.
With a heavy heart and on behalf of a grateful nation, we mourn for him as he begins his last and eternal watch in heaven.
Semper Fi, Lance Corporal. pic.twitter.com/Cci464m0hO
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 28, 2021
The pain of his mother — she is just beside herself with grief and anger at Joe Biden. So warning up front, it’s very raw and she just lets him have it. She has explained that she was working out her grief through her letting it out, and she didn’t hold back in any way shape or form, calling Biden a feckless, demented piece of crap. She said that she’s just “too mad to cry right now.”
— SiriusXM Patriot (@SiriusXMPatriot) August 27, 2021
She’s totally justified in her anger — and none of these wonderful young people had to die, but for the feckless, incompetent administration. These are real people with real families whose lives have been taken because of complete stupidity, for something that should have been done months ago.
These heartbroken parents’ remarks let you know how real it all is to them — whether or not it’s real to Joe Biden.