Widow of First U.S. Service Member Killed in Afghanistan After 9/11 ‘Deeply Disappointed’ in Biden
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The widow of the first American service member to be killed in combat in Afghanistan after the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks said President Biden “utterly failed” to protect people with the chaotic withdrawal of troops.
Shannon Spann, a former CIA intelligence officer, reflected on her time there with her late husband, Mike Spann, a Marine turned CIA officer, who was killed on Nov. 25, 2001, during a prisoner uprising where he was questioning Islamic extremists.
“I’m deeply disappointed in President Biden’s defiant stance in his address to the nation,” Spann told Fox News. “In times of conflict, excellent leaders keep people bigger than the problem.”
“We utterly failed at keeping people bigger than the problem,” Spann said, adding that it was “unconscionable” the U.S. had no plan to “evacuate the most vulnerable of our friends and partners.”
Mike Spann’s father, Johnny Spann, also reflected on the failed withdrawal of troops by the Biden administration.
“It makes me sick to my stomach when I see it. It’s disheartening. It’s shameful, I think. I think it’s shameful that we would do this,” he told The Lufkin Daily News.
Just his daughter-in-law, he can’t help but think of the Afghans who benefited from the American assistance until the Taliban swiftly took control.
“They are going to die. They are going to kill them. And how can someone stomach that when we know we made them promises? There is no telling how many people we would have lost if those people hadn’t helped us,” he said.