“My son was one of the Marines who died yesterday… I woke up at 4:00 this morning to Marines at my door telling me my son is dead.”
Those were the words of Kathy McCollum, mother of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, who went on to direct most of her grief and anger towards President Biden and what she says was a complete and total mismanagement of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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“She (Jen Psaki) said my son didn’t die in vein. But guess what, my son did die in vein. This was an unnecessary debacle that could have been handled properly,” the Gold Star mom explained. “They had months and months to remove everyone from Afghanistan, and they chose not to. And so they sent in . . . 6,000 troops, and my son, through the laws of statistics, my son was one of the ones who just got blown up in a freaking terrorist bomb yesterday.”
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“I couldn’t just sit by idly because I think I need to process through anger instead of tears.”
McCollum explained her son had just gotten married in February and he and his wife were expecting a child in September. She also fondly remembered her son as extremely intelligent, who could’ve pursued any option in life he wanted.
He decided, selflessly, to serve his country in the military.
His mother had harsh words for President Biden, repeatedly calling him “feckless” and “dementia ridden” as she admittedly was “processing her grief” through anger. “Instead of grieving or crying, I’m getting mad.”
She also blamed her son’s death on not only President Biden, but anyone who voted for Biden in the first place.
The call went viral over the weekend. McCollum isn’t the only family member of the victims of the Kabul attack. The father of Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui also vented his frustration with how the withdrawal was poorly executed and attributed that to his son’s death.
The Kabul Airport “looked like a turkey shoot” Steve Nikoui said, referring to the crowds being funneled through a couple of narrow entry points. “It was just basically so chaotic and not really planned out.”
He also said he believed this all could’ve been avoided if they chose to conduct the evacuations through Bagram Airbase rather than abandoning it in July.
Continue lifting up the grieving families who lost loved ones in the Kabul Airport attack in your prayers.