“Whatever your views on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it should not have ended this way,” Angelina Jolie wrote in an op-ed she wrote for TIME magazine on Friday. Jolie added that as an American, she is “ashamed by the manner of our leaving.”
The movie star added that “appearing to cut and run, and abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable, after so many years of effort and sacrifice, is a betrayal and a failure impossible to fully understand.”
“It diminishes us,” Jolie affirmed. “We have lost leverage to influence what now happens in Afghanistan.”
Jolie also created an Instagram account on Friday, explaining that she joined the social media platform because “the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media,” so she wants to share their stories, as well as “the voices of those across the globe who are fighting for their basic human rights.”
“It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again as a result of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country,” Jolie wrote in her first-ever Instagram post, which she also used to share a letter she claimed she received from an Afghan teen.
“To spend so much time and money, to have blood shed and lives lost only to come to this, is a failure almost impossible to understand,” the actress added, echoing her sentiments from her TIME op-ed.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan last weekend. Biden’s withdrawal faces huge criticism from many people, like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who oversaw Trump’s negotiations for peace in Afghanistan.
“It is a demonstrably incompetent, tactical and operational use of America’s power in a way that has put American lives at risk,” Pompeo told Breitbart News exclusively on Friday. “And that is disheartening. It is sad. But more importantly, it has ramifications all across the world.”
In a speech on Friday, Biden stated that there is “no indication” that Americans are being held for safe passage to Kabul airport, a claim quickly refuted by the Pentagon.