Tim Allen blamed “ignorant leadership” and a “catastrophic lack (of) planning” for the death of 13 American service members in Afghanistan Thursday. ISIS has taken responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks that rocked the Kabul airport that killed the troops along with several Afghan civilians.
Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban has shaken the comedian. Allen has tweeted several times about his dismay over the failed policies that led to America’s “shameful exit” from the country.
“I sit with a deep sense of shame for the consequences of this unfocused shameful exit from Afghanistan,” he also wrote. “So sad at our blood and treasure who lost life and limb. Forgive the rest of us for not demanding more of your leadership. Bless you all brave warriors.”
The suicide bomb attacks hit as American and British troops are working to evacuate thousands out of the country. So far, the military has rescued more than 100,000 from the country ahead of the August 31 deadline the Taliban set for America’s complete withdrawal from Afghanistan. Moreover, it’s the largest airlift in U.S. history.
President Joe Biden promised to retaliate against those responsible for the attacks.
“We will not be deterred by terrorists. (The U.S.) will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation,” Biden said from the White House. “We will rescue Americans, we will get our Afghan allies, and the mission will go on. America will not be intimidated.”
Adding, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
The president also said he’d ordered precision strikes on key ISIS targets after the attack.
Kid Rock joins Tim Allen in Dismay Over Attacks
Kid Rock also tweeted the attacks left him devastated. The musician said he wanted retribution for the military members that died in the attacks. However, he doubted President Biden would follow through on his promise of retaliation.
“God bless our military, especially those who lost their lives today in Afghanistan,” he tweeted in an angry screed. “I am way more upset about that than some stupid virus and missing a couple shows. My heart bleeds for them and their loved ones.”
Kid Rock performed for troops in Afghanistan as part of USO Tours a number of times since America’s occupation began in 2001.
“It’s one of those things I used to do and try not to talk too much about, because it’s not something you go to promote something at, or do anything for any self-gain at all. But what I’ve learned is that maybe if I do talk about it, the more I can encourage some other people in my position to go, because they’re really happy over there just to get a slice of America at any level, but to have someone in the entertainment industry who’s had a little slice of success is really a big boost for those guys,” Kid Rock told MTV News 2010.