Live UpdateFrom the Liveblog of Sunday, August 15, 2021
Blinken says Afghanistan mission ‘successful,’ rejects Kabul-Saigon comparison
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejects comparisons between Washington’s Kabul pullout and the chaotic American departure from Saigon, Vietnam, in 1975.
“This is not Saigon,” he tells ABC. “The fact of the matter is this: We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission in mind. That was to deal with the people that attacked us on 9/11. That mission has been successful.”