(CNSNews.com)- "These ISIS terrorists will not win," President Joe Biden told the nation on Thursday -- on a day when ISIS terrorists carried out a double terror attack in Kabul -- a propaganda victory at the very least.
"These ISIS terrorists will not win," Biden said on a day when at least 13 American troops and dozens of Afghans were killed at the airport in Kabul.
We will rescue the Americans who are there. We will get our Afghan allies out. And our mission will go on. America will not be intimidated. And I have the utmost confidence in our brave servicemembers who continue to execute this mission with courage and honor to save lives and get Americans, our partners, our Afghan allies out of Afghanistan.
Every day when I talk to our commanders, I ask them what they need -- what more do they need, if anything, to get the job done. As they will tell you, I granted every request. I reiterated to them today on three occasions that they should take the maximum steps necessary to protect our forces on the ground in Kabul.
And I also want to thank the secretary of defense and the military leadership at the Pentagon, and all the commanders in the field. There has been complete unanimity from every commander on the objectives of this mission and the best way to achieve those objectives.
Biden said the terrorist will not stop the evacuation mission. And he said he has ordered his commanders to "develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership, and facilities."
(Those plans, then, are just now being developed.)
"We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose, in a moment of our choosing," Biden said.
Long before Biden's disastrous exit from Afghanistan began, a number of politicians and pundits were warning that terrorists are exploiting Biden's lifting of restrictions at the southern U.S. border.
In March, Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) traveled to El Paso, where he warned: "Individuals that they have on the watch list for terrorism are now starting to exploit the southern border."
In May, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned that the Biden administration is “inviting a terrorist attack” on the United States on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by not controlling the southern border.
“Let's start with the border. We are inviting a terrorist attack on our country on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by losing control of the border. How hard is it for a terrorist organization to figure out that you can put terrorists in this flow of illegal immigrants crossing our border?" Graham asked.
Many others repeated similar warnings.
In March, Biden's Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a statement, saying, "The situation at the southwest border is difficult."
"We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years," Mayorkas said. "We are expelling most single adults and families. We are not expelling unaccompanied children."
But critics of the "difficult situation" at the border note that Border Patrol agents can only expel the people they encounter. No one knows how many people evade capture -- never mind what their intentions may be.