Of all the accusations and criticisms hurled at the Joe Biden regime over the handling (or mishandling) of the US retreat from Afghanistan, the most painful is the one about leaving American dogs behind at Kabul airport.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby had to take to social media to deny the reports.
He described them as extremely hurtful.
“To correct erroneous reports, the US military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs,” Kirby posted on social media.
The American animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) quoted “inside sources” as saying that 60 bomb-sniffing dogs and 60 other “working dogs” were left behind “suffering in the heat without adequate access to food or water”.
These reports emerged after photos were circulated online showing dogs in an animal shelter and not those being used by the US military in Afghanistan.
Kirby was at pains to clarify that American troops left behind Afghan civilians—men, women and children—at Kabul airport—in the sweltering “heat without access to food or water,” not American dogs.
To emphasize the point, he told PETA officials that in the US’ 20-year bombing campaign in which hundreds of thousands of human beings were killed, there is not even one report of any dog ever being killed in Afghanistan.
America’s bombing campaign was very humane, Kirby insisted.
“Our precision guided missiles and munitions are designed to kill humans, not dogs.”
The Pentagon spokesman also drew attention to the fact that during the evacuation, American dogs were given seats on commercial flights.
He also showed pictures of canines with their delicately manicured ears sticking out as they relaxed in their seats next to US soldiers.
Flight crews had prepared special meals for American dogs on the long flight home.
Arrangements were also made for their entertainment with special music and movies.
According to reports, PETA (that is the organization, not bread!) officials are still not convinced and are carrying out their own investigation.
They have warned that if any American dogs have been left behind at Kabul airport, there would be serious consequences.
PETA officials are trying to establish contact with the Taliban to check whether they found any American dogs at the airport when they took control on August 31.
So far, they have not been able to reach them, according to latest reports.