July 8, 2021
QUESTION: Some Vietnamese veterans see echoes of their experience in this withdrawal in Afghanistan. Do you see any parallels between this withdrawal and what happened in Vietnam with some people feeling --
JOE BIDEN: "None whatsoever. Zero. What you had is you had entire brigades breaking through the gates of our embassy, six, if I'm not mistaken. The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese Army. They're not -- they're not remotely comparable in terms of capability."
"There is going to be no circumstance where you're going to see people being lifted off the roof of an Embassy of the United States from Afghanistan."
.Diplomats flee Kabul Embassy - Aug. 15, 2021
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May 6, 2021
GEN. MARK MILLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF:
"It's not a foregone conclusion, in my professional military estimate, that the Taliban automatically win and Kabul falls."
"The Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country, and we will continue to support the Afghan Security Forces where necessary in accordance with the guidance from the President and the Secretary of Defense.
The future of Afghanistan is squarely in the hands of the Afghan people, and there are a range of possible outcomes in Afghanistan, and I want to emphasize repeatedly and I've said this before, a negative outcome, a Taliban automatic military takeover is not a foregone conclusion."