. ‘A direct punch in the gut’: Inside Biden’s biggest crisis as he races to withdraw from Afghanistan « JO LEE MAGAZINE

CNN/When Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley informed President Joe Biden just past 9:15 a.m. on Thursday that terrorists had detonated a suicide bomb at the Kabul airport gates, the President was angry and dismayed — but not surprised.

Biden had just walked down from his third-floor residence to the basement Situation Room, where top national security officials were milling around the dark wooden table when first reports of explosions were transmitted into the basement command center.

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