Ex-Navy Seal Calls for 'Rapid Strike' Missions to Get Weapons, Allies Out of Afghanistan

A retired Navy SEAL has called for U.S. forces to be deployed in a series of "rapid strike rescue missions" designed to recover and evacuate "all our citizens, allies and friends" in Afghanistan.

In a three-and-a-half minute video posted to Instagram on Monday, Jocko Willink detailed how he would have handled the evacuation if he was the president of the United States.

"If I were president, and I had put our country into the current situation in Afghanistan, I would tell America, our allies, our enemies, and the world, something like this..." reads a caption accompanying the clip.

In the video, which sees Willink assume the role of commander-in-chief delivering an address to the nation, the ex-military man begins by accepting responsibility for the "critical errors" made during the withdrawal, in a pointed dig at President Joe Biden, before laying out his plans for extracting those still stranded in Afghanistan.

"Good evening, I wanted to give you an update on the current situation in Afghanistan. As you know, we were set to leave Afghanistan this month and as we began the final draw-down, I made some critical errors," he says.

"Namely, I underestimated the strength of the Taliban, and I overestimated the strength and capability of the friendly Afghan forces. This was my fault—and due to my mistake, the Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan."

The former Navy SEAL goes on to says that a large number of Americans and other allies are still in the region.

"Unfortunately, there are tens of thousands of Americans on the ground there, as well as friends and allies of America on the ground," he says in the black-and-white clip.

"These people, Americans and our allies, are all stranded, and that is my fault,"
says Willink, adding that these people will "not be stranded for long" before laying out his plan for their rescue.

"In the next 48 hours, America will be in control of most major airports in Afghanistan," he says.

"Any resistance we meet from the Taliban or otherwise when we seize these airports will be destroyed completely and without mercy.

"From those airports, we will conduct rapid strike rescue missions until we have recovered and evacuated all our citizens, allies and friends. Any person that interferes with these operations will be killed."

He continues: "We will also recover or destroy all aircraft, vehicles, weapons and sensitive equipment we left behind. Any person utilizing, guarding, or located within close proximity to these weapons or equipment will be killed.

"Once we have evacuated all friendly personnel and recovered or destroyed the weapons and equipment left behind, we will depart Afghanistan."

He concludes by explaining that the U.S. would then continue to monitor the situation in the region with any terrorist training camps or activity "targeted and destroyed" and any "gross violations of human rights" stopped with "overwhelming force."

"We will continue that dedicated support until the enemy is no longer a threat to humanity or to the good people of Afghanistan," he adds.

"May God bless America, and my God have mercy on the souls of our enemy because we will not. That is all."

Willink's video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on Instagram.

A decorated officer who was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medal according to his podcast's website, Willink has co-authored two books, Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership, and currently hosts the weekly podcast The Jocko Podcast.

The clip is just the latest example of the criticism President Biden has faced over his handling of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin criticized the United States and its allies for leaving Afghanistan, with the Russian president warning that the fallout from the withdrawal could present problems for Russia and its allies in the future.

Newsweek has reached out to Willink for comment.

US Navy Seal Jocko Willink.
Jocko Willink is seen on set during a taping of "Candace" on March 17, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Former U.S. Navy Seal Jocko Willink has laid out in a clip how he would address the situation in Afghanistan if he were president. Jason Kempin/Getty