In a recent interview, Shana Chappell, the mother of Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui who died in Kabul, Afghanistan during the evacuation, blasted President Joe Biden (D) over his insensitive attempts at consoling Chappell following her son’s death.
“He interrupted me and started talking about his son. About his son,” Chappell began. “And I remember looking at him and going, ‘What are you doing?’ And then I said something along the line, ‘This isn’t about your son. This is about my son.’”
“I told him he had no business talking about his son,” she continued in the Townhall interview. “And then I started again talking about my son, and then he said, ‘I just wanted to let you know how I feel.’”
“At that point, now I’m even more angry because he said he brought up his son because he just wanted to let me know how he feels,” she explained. “I probably sounded like I didn’t care that he lost a kid and I didn’t mean for it to sound that way. It’s — his son died of cancer, so they had time to be there, spend time with him, tell him goodbye. My son died because of the very man that I was talking to.”
Lance Cpl. Nikoui was killed in the bombing attack by ISIS-K at Abbey Gate outside the Kabul International Airport last year along with 12 other service members and over 100 Afghans as evacuations were underway, per the Daily Wire.
Chappell, who recently lost her eldest son Dakota to suicide, called the withdrawal “a complete failure,” adding, “They wanted the disastrous pullout forgotten about and they wanted the 13 that were killed to be forgotten about, mainly because they were so young,” per CNN.
Kareem joined the Marine Corp right out of high school as he wanted to be “strong and fearless,” like the Marines he saw in his childhood. Speaking about his death, Shana explained, “As a mom, you think, no, it’s not going to happen to me. It’s not going to happen to my kid.”
Following his death, his brother Dakota became increasingly depressed with Shana telling CNN, “He started expressing that Kareem’s really gone, that he just wanted to be with him. And how much he misses him and loves him.”
“He’d come up here sometimes and night and sleep here to be with Kareem,” the mother explained while referring to the marine’s grave, “He would say it bothers him that Kareem’s here alone.”
The White House, on the one-year anniversary since the attack, released a statement commemorating the loss of life: “One year ago, 13 proud and patriotic American service members, as well as more than 100 innocent Afghan civilians, were killed in a heinous terrorist attack at Abbey Gate outside the Kabul Airport. Many more were injured and will carry the impact of their wounds and experiences for the rest of their lives.”
“Our nation will forever mourn their sacrifice and honor the memory of those 13 precious souls, stolen from their families, loved ones, brothers- and sisters-in-arms far too soon while performing a noble mission on behalf of our Nation,” the statement continued, adding the names of each of the servicemen killed that day. “Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover; Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario; Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee; Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez; Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page; Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui; Navy Petty Officer Third Class Maxton W. Soviak; and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss.”
The tragic loss of these patriotic Americans shows the dangers of bad foreign policy decisions. President Biden rushed the evacuation of Afghanistan and created a situation that allowed for such a heinous attack to take place. His failed attempt to console a grieving mother, who has increasingly faced hardship over the past year, showcases just how weak his leadership is.
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