Hours after an attack at the Kabul Airport killed more than 100 people, President Joe Biden stepped up to the podium to deliver a message to the American people and those who attacked the airport. While attempting to comfort those in sorrow, Biden also made a threatening promise to the attackers.
"That obligation is not temporary, it lasts forever. The lives we lost were lives given in the service of liberty, the service of security, in the service of others, in the service of America. Like their fellow brothers and sisters in arms who died defending our vision and our values and the struggle against terrorism, of the, fallen this day are part of a great noble company of American heroes," the transcript of his speech reads.
"For those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this, we will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay."
As Biden's August 31 deadline to remove all troops from Afghanistan grows closer, there are increasing concerns that more terrorist attacks may come in the future. Despite concerns, the President believes that American troops will be prepared for whatever may come their way.
"I’ll defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command. Over the past few weeks, I know many of you are probably tired of hearing me say it, we’ve been made aware by our intelligence community that the ISIS-K, an arch-enemy, the Taliban, people who were free when from those prisons are opened, has been planning a complex set of attacks on the United States personnel and others," the President continued.
"As General McKenzie said, this is why our mission was designed…This is the way it was designed to operate, operate under severe stress and attack, we’ve known that from the beginning. And as I’ve been in constant contact with our senior military leaders, and I mean constant, around the clock, and our commanders on the ground and throughout the day, they made it clear that we can, and we must complete this mission and we will and that’s what I’ve ordered them to do."