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so you get it all. eric: america strikes back and mother nature's wrath about to strike here at home. two big stories breaking at this hour. first, hurricane ida, now bearing down on the louisiana coast as a catastrophic category 4 storm. you know, it's forecast to make landfall just hours from now and it could strengthen to a devastating category 5. in afghanistan, fox news confirms that a u.s. military air strike today took out several suicide bombers. they were in a vehicle we're told just northwest of the kabul airport. potentially stopping that second terrorist attack that we have all been warned about.
hello, everyone. welcome to "fox news live." i'm eric shawn. hi, arthel. arthel: hi, eric. hello, everyone. i'm arthel neville. the national weather service is warning as eric mentioned of catastrophic damage from hurricane ida and that's a quote. the storm set to hit the louisiana coast 16 years to the day after hurricane katrina made landfall. we have live fox team coverage. jeff paul is on the ground in new orleans. first we go to chief fox weather meteorologist rick reichmuth. >> there will be catastrophic damage from this storm, most of that will be kind of right where the storm comes on-shore and just to the right side of it. take a look at this graphic right here. we've got the center of the storm making landfall, the inner eyewall is making landfall just to the southwest of grand aisle, about 16% of all the oil that's produced in the u.s. goes through this point right here. they shored it up in recent
years to be able to handle a hurricane. a category 4 hurricane is a very strong hurricane to go through this. we'll see storm surge in this spot probably 12 to 15 feet. that's going to wipe out all kinds of things, anything that is not on stilts, basically, will have massive damage. the storm surge is really going to far inland because this is very swampy land. places like homan that has 32,000 people in it, that's one of the probably the biggest population area that's going to have big impacts. also want to show you, 13 miles at least the center of this to that coastline. that first landfall there. so 13 miles it's moving at about 13 miles an hour. we probably have a landfall sometime within about an hour. that's the landfall at the center most point, the storm is very large and we have impacts of it far-reaching. this is a visible satellite. get a really good idea of the center of the storm. that is the eye. that's what's likely going to cross over that area. infrared satellite shows the northern eyewall beginning to
come on-shore, this 150-mile-an-hour storm. the pressure has come up a couple of millibars. that means the storm which has gone through the rapid intensity cycle, that's done. we'll lose water for additional strengthening. don't think we'll get to the cat 5 strength of the storm. because it's coming on shore at a cat 4, it's going to take a long time for the winds to die down. we have hurricane force winds that will be far inland throughout the afternoon today, places like baton rouge, lafayette, new orleans are very likely going to be seeing hurricane force winds, maybe up to around 100 miles an hour so that's going to cause a lot of damage from the wind. storm surge possibly an issue, just to the east of new orleans. anything that is outside of the levee system will have storm surge. new orleans which has been shored up since katrina, about a $16 billion effort to shore up those levies, this will be the first really big test on that
system. hopefully that will hold. the other thing is new orleans is below sea level so they have to pump out the water from the rain, around 15 to 20 inches and that will cause a lot of flooding from the rain, not just the storm surge. want to point out over the next couple days, the storm pulls up towards the north. take a look at this. much of mississippi, parts of tennessee and kentucky looking at severe flooding from this storm. arthel. arthel: let's hope the pumps don't fail. i saw a shot of lakeshore drive, there is a reporter i saw by lake pontchartrain on the lakefront and there is water coming out of the lake spilling onto the street. i noted the road we normally drive to cut over to meterie is flooded up to his knees. that makes me nervous about the storm surge and the wind you're talking about. >> you know new orleans so well
and so you're absolutely right. and this is very early to be seeing that on pontchartrain. pontchartrain and mississippi river is what the levies protect new orleans from. if you're seeing water topple over that, that's not good news. what we're hoping is the levee systems hold which is what didn't happen in katrina. >> they've been fortified since then. all right, rick like mitt, thanks, rick -- like mitt, than. eric: heavy rain and flooding in new orleans, you'll remember the impact of hurricanes on that wonderful city, this exactly 16 years ago when hurricane katrina swept through. that flooding and the devastating winds killing about 1800 people. jeff paul now live, he's on the mississippi banks of the river, in river front park, downtown new orleans at the french quarter. jeff, the situation there?
>> reporter: the morning started fairly calm. you had a little bit of rain. it really wasn't much wind. but over the last hour or so things have really started to change out here. you can see the wind is impacting the trees out here. you've got these strong wind gusts as the outer bands start to move through and as you take a look out on the mississippi river, you can see some of those white caps from all that wind that is coming in from the outer banks of hurricane ida. because this storm formed so quickly and became so strong, the city of new orleans just didn't have time, it wasn't feasible to get a mandatory evacuation in place so a lot of folks are going to have to just ride this out and at this point it is far too dangerous to leave, if people have not left yet and you have to think about this storm is so big that it's not going to just impact the louisiana coast. you also have folks in mississippi who have very bad memories of what hurricane katrina did 16 years ago today.
>> i'm very concerned. we're very worried that this could be another katrina. >> you know it's in the back of your mind, because tomorrow it's going to be a whole different story. if it comes to the east we're going to get hit. >> reporter: now you can probably see some of the rain that is moving in from these outer bands of the hurricane as it gets closer and closer to new orleans and this is just the warm-up to what is supposed to be a very, very powerful hurricane. emergency officials telling folks that if you haven't left, prepare yourself for days and days without power and those things probably won't get fixed because you're going to probably have a lot of debris, downed trees and damage from the storm that will prevent crews from getting in here and fixing the things that have been damaged. eric: this will last long after ida is gone. jeff, thank you. arthel: thank you, jeff and eric. we're going to go to afghanistan now where u.s. central command is confirming to fox news that
american forces launched an unmanned drone strike today in kabul which hit a vehicle carrying at least one bomber. that bomber believed to be with isis-k and planning another attack at karzai international airport. let's go to jennifer griffin, live in washington. so jen, did this -- the attack that president biden was warned about yesterday? >> reporter: it's not clear. there may be multiple threats that's what we're told at this point but there were initial unconfirmed reports, arthel, of multiple suicide bombers inside that vehicle. that may not be true, defense officials tell us. here's what we can say for certain. u.s. military carried out an unmanned drone strike against a vehicle filled with explosives that it says posed an imminent threat to the kabul international airport. u.s. military officials tell us that it was a, quote, defensive strike on a vehicle in kabul to eliminate an imminent isis-k
threat. a spokesman, captain bill irvin adds the significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material. this official says there were no indications of civilian casualties at this time but that assessment also could change. the air strike took place in a crowded kabul neighborhood outside the airport. we're told the u.s. military used unmanned over-the-horizon capabilities which means the american drone likely flew from a military base in the gulf. this official added we are confident we hit the target we were aiming for. the timing of the drone strike is notable. it follows a specific warning from the u.s. embassy for american citizens and others to leave the gates of the kabul airport, due that imminent threat. that warning went out last night. and followed the president's highly unusual statement that a terror attack targeting the kabul airport is likely in the next 24 to 36 hours.
they indicated the threat has not been eliminated as a result of today's strike. we remain vigilant for potential future threats, captain irvin said in a statement. this is the second drone strike since friday when a u.s. reaper drone targeted two members of isis-k in eastern afghanistan. >> the fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the earth, that's a good thing. it's a good thing for the people of afghanistan and it's a good thing for our troops and forces at that airfield. >> reporter: the timing of today's drone strike is notable as families were receiving their fallen sons and daughters at dover. president biden, general mark mille, the chairman of the joint chiefs and defense secretary lloyd austin are meeting with the families at dover right now. back to you, arthel. arthel: you just reported, jennifer, that this does not secure those troops in any way from any sort of imminent strikes that may still happen? >> reporter: we understand there are still ongoing threat streams and the u.s. military is aware of that and they're taking
precautions, yes. arthel: okay. jennifer griffin, thank you very much for that update. eric. eric: as jennifer just said, president biden is at dover air force base right now, taking part in what is one of any president's most solemn duties, receiving the bodies of americans killed in combat overseas. in this case, the 13 american soldier whose died at the kabul airport suicide bombing in afghanistan. among them, the president and the first lady meeting those families. president biden calling them heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest american ideals while saving the lives of others. david spunt at the white house with more on this. david. >> reporter: well, eric, first of all, there's no question that there is a lot of somber mood at the white house because of what happened, those 13 fallen heroes and also, eric, there is a lot of concern and a lot of pressure that the president's senior national security team is
feeling based on the timeline here of the next 48 or so hours to get people out of here. yesterday as arthel mentioned to jennifer, the president put out a warning to the american people that there may be more a attacks that may be coming. as you mentioned right now he is at dover air force base, the commander in chief one of the most difficult duties, known as the comforter in chief today, to help those devastated family members. he left joint base andrew this morning with the first lady. she was dressed in black. per the rules at dover air force base we cannot provide live video of this solemn ceremony taking place. it will be played later on tape delay in several hours. we have a photograph of the 13 fallen which includes 11 marines, one army soldier and one navy medic. they were killed when the suicide bomber struck in kabul on thursday. these heroes range from age 31 to just 20 years old. really from all different parts
of the country. as i mentioned, the president still under enormous increasing pressure to get people out safely and quickly. the window is closing. british forces are completely gone, other countries are soon pulling out. august 31st just two days away. national security advisor jake sullivan spoke to chris wallace on fox news sunday this morning. listen. .>> there are more threat streas that we are working actively to try to disrupt and prevent and as the president has said, another attack could occur at any time. he has directed his commanders on the ground to take every force protection measure possible to ensure the safety of our troops as they complete their mission. >> reporter: the president will be back at the white house later this afternoon, he'll meet with the vice president, national security advisor sullivan, other officials. but right now all of the energy over the next 48 hours is being pushed into afghanistan to make sure as many people can get out as possible. eric.
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arthel: afghanistan evacuations are in the final phase as tuesday's deadline approaches. so far, more than 100,000 afghans and more than 5,000 american citizens have been air-lifted out of kabul in the past two weeks, 20,000 of them are being temporarily housed at an air base in germany. greg palkot is there for us live with that part of the story. greg. >> reporter: hi, arthel. from everything we are hearing on the ground here, in kabul and elsewhere, this is the final days of the war for the united states in afghanistan. they could be some of the most dangerous. at kabul airport, the last evacuations are happening as desperate afghans continue, but the numbers are way down. that's because of new terror threats and that u.s. deadline
to leave. u.s. troops and gear are also being shipped out. look at what we saw here this weekend. it is being called one of the biggest air lifts in u.s. history, u.s. military and civilian planes taking place in germany, 20,000 folks have come in here, 5,000 left so far. the sense we're getting is, it is winding down. because of that august 31st deadline set by the president, also because of that brutal terror attack last thursday in kabul. now in the two days we have been here, we have seen no flights of refugees coming in from kabul or elsewhere but five specially chartered u.s. commercial planes with refugees did leave for the states yesterday, ten are scheduled to leave today. we don't have confirmation of that. the folks here try to work through the backlog of evacuees.
take a listen to the head of medical operations at this base and then another refugee. >> my team is tired. we're working 10 hour shifts non-stop. the more we work, nor people we can help. we're okay with continuing to do this mission until it's completed. >> you don't want to live in a country with the taliban? >> no, never, ever. no one wants to live there. this is the wish of everybody, to leave afghanistan. >> reporter: finally, we have been telling you about the marines injured in the thursday kabul attack. they're being treated, they were brought here and treated in the near by medical hospital. we heard from the spokesperson from that hospital. they told us that some of them were well enough to be sent back to the states. they'll receive additional treatment at walter reed hospital. that is at least, arthel, some breaking good news but still a
lot of questions out there, dangerous times. back to you. arthel: absolutely, greg palkot in germany, thank you. eric. eric: arthel, just over 48 hours remain before president biden's deadline to remove all u.s. troops from afghanistan, takes effect. secretary of state antony blinken is warning of the danger in kabul obviously only increasing, this as mitch mcconnell is calling the afghan withdrawal one of our country's biggest foreign policy failures. >> this is the most dangerous time in an already extraordinarily dangerous mission, these last couple of days and so we will do everything possible to keep people safe but the risk is very high. >> this is one of the worst foreign policy decisions in american history, much worse than saigon, just because we decide to quit fighting doesn't mean the terrorists go away, so they're still out there. eric: the terrorists don't go away. california congressman darrell issa, member of the house
foreign affairs committee and your house has helped evacuate six families from california trapped in afghanistan. that is fantastic, get to that in a moment. first, congressman, that air strike this morning on the car with at least one potential suicide bomber headed to the airport, what's your reaction that we're stricting back and hitting them? >> it's the right thing to do. we would be better off and had taken all of kabul so we could have a greater safe zone. the current safe zone is so small that realistically these kinds of attacks become pretty easy. the bad guys control the entire country, the entire city. we control an airport that most people would call sort of a country airport in its size. eric: was it a mistake to give up bagram? >> it was a mistake to give up bag rap. it was a miss -- bagram. it was a mistake according to the washington post report to give up a deal with the taliban that would have allowed us to
keep the entire 4 and-a-half million people in kabul under u.s. control until withdrawal was complete. that decision to turn it over essentially to give it up rather than hold it was obviously made by the president and it was short-sighted. he sent in less troops but as a result we controlled very small amount of terrain which makes the withdrawal and particularly for those who are still outside the gates today very, very difficult. eric: what do you think he should have done? >> well, according to the washington post, he was offered an opportunity for the taliban to stay completely out of kabul which would have allowed the vast majority of the people we wanted to withdraw to be not behind enemy lines but behind our lines. it would have allowed for this withdrawal to be done in a much more orderly fashion. but that would have required quite frankly his decision not to limit to the original 4,000 troops that he authorized. but bagram, holding onto an air
base that gave us visibility not over the horizon but right there locally was the right decision. it was one that would have been made by most other administrations, including the trump administration. but they made a decision to fully cut and run. they also made a decision that this was hopeless and that the taliban were going to take over the country, obviously months ago. and as a foreign affairs committee does the investigation, the question is, when did they decide that they were going to give away a country that thousands had died for and not tell the foreign affairs committee that in fact they planned on the taliban owning, operating and controlling this country maybe not exactly on the day that it happened but it's clear that that was their intention that they planned to fail and this is their failed plan. eric: could you really say they planned to fail? i mean, the president said he didn't want any more american blood spilled after this 20 year long war and it seemed there was no sense at least according to
him for a large footprint of american soldiers to stay there. >> we didn't have a large footprint. 2500 soldiers, none of whom who died in more than a year, were holding the taliban at a bay. let's take for example, we have more than that many in japan approaching a century after war ended there. we have 28,000 in south korea. military forces and air bases give us visibility and project strength around the world which allows us to support our allies and friends at a fairly de minimis cost. i would agree with any president who said we shouldn't have tens of thousands of troops, we shouldn't have active combat by our troops. but we didn't. our people were not on the ground shooting. the afghans were doing that. we were supplying air support and visibility. i'll give you an example. that predator strike you heard about today, that strike typically would have taken a few
minutes to get off of bagram air base and get to the target. instead, coming out of the uae, it took five to eight hours to arrive at target. it's night and day different when you've got a vast amount of land. today, we are in a position where our friends no longer trust us. our enemies no longer fear us. and it's going to spill a lot more american blood as a result of this failure than if in fact we had maintained a support for a country, imperfect as it was, but a support that would prevent exactly what's happened. there was no decision by the previous administration to give us this country this way. there was a decision to stop having active military forces on the ground and to take that back position but since dwight david eisenhower and john kennedy, the idea that we would project support for freedom fighters has
been a postulate of american policy. it's not a partisan issue to say if people are willing to fight for their country, we will help them in that support. we have failed to do it now. for the people of taiwan a, for the people of ukraine, for the people of israel, and countries all over the country, they're now going to question do they have to make a deal with the devil instead of an alliance with the united states. that's what we're going to be dealing with in the days, weeks and months to come. eric: finally, speaking of american blood, the president and first lady now at dover receiving the remains of the 13 american whose were killed in the suicide bombing. let me show you the picture of one. this is the best of america. sergeant nicole jee, 23 years old, sacramento, california, leaves a husband who is also a marine. she tweeted or on her facebook said i love my job. your thoughts about her, cradling that baby, and the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice. >> for 20 years i've
represented camp pendleton and the marines that go in harm's way and it is sort of something that you have to understand. people train to use weapons and kill others when necessary. often are the most gentle and loving people and want to in fact see an end to war and certainly she was a good example of exactly that. capable of doing what have you to do, but loving to help people and she'll be missed and these 13 gold star families are added to so many that have paid a price for a freedom that's now lost. eric: we honor and remember them. california congressman darrell issa, thank you. arthel: eric, our other big story today, hurricane ida bringing winds up to 150 miles an hour to the gulf coast, a dangerous and potentially deadly situation for millions. a live report from south louisiana, up next. (vo) how do you know when you've found your team?
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eric: hurricane ida is nearing category 5 intensity, it's beginning to move into louisiana, the storm driverring winds up to 150 miles an hour. it's already caused some power outages along with the dangerous storm surge and heavy flooding rains already from louisiana's central coast up to mississippi. you're looking at christian, mississippi where you can see it's beginning. meanwhile, the alabama border also not spared. officials say this could be the most powerful storm to hit the gulf coast since the 1800s. fox weather correspondent steve bender is with us, on the ground in lafayette, louisiana, just north and west of new orleans. steve, how's the situation there? >> reporter: it is quiet right now. we just had an outer band move through. it dumped some good rain on us but already seeing the skies open up. as you mentioned, we're on the western edge of this. when you look on satellite and radar there is not much on our end. it will move through later this
afternoon and evening. behind me, you'll notice all of these businesses are closed. we even have some businesses that boarded up their windows because we do expect 70-mile-an-hour gusts later today. remember, this is a sunday afternoon in lafayette. even though we see a bit of traffic, people are moving along, this is quiet life for a weekend here. many people are heeding the warning. we talked to local businesses and they are closing at noon today at the very latest here local time. so we're mainly seeing the last of everybody kind of gathering what they need before hovering down for -- hunkering down for the rest of today and tomorrow. i've been watching radar quite closely. you're noticing the eyewall almost making on land, nearnd grand aisle and golden meadow. you notice the dirty side of the storm which is the northeastern quadrant, that's where they're getting the most rain and the heaviest wind impact. you look at shell beach, just
off of lake bork there and there is 6 feet of inundation there. that is the main concern as we track this this afternoon and evening is that storm surge initially reaching up to 16 feet and then the heavy rain throughout the day. we'll keep you -- continue to stay live and keep you up-to-date with this storm system. reporting live from lafayette. back to you. eric: all right, steve. you see it's sunny but that's the calm before the storm. arthel: ida's eye wall, the ring of thunderstorms around the center are expected to pass near or over baton rouge as the storm moves inland. joining us now, the mayor of baton rouge, mayor sharon weston broom. thank you for joining us. if you could tell me what is the situation now in baton rouge and what are you most concerned about at this time? >> well, thank you so much for allowing us to get this message out. right now, i want my residents to be safe.
we have been sending out a message of preparation for quite some time. we don't want people to take this for granted. we want them to have their response in place for the next three -- supplies in place for the next three days and make sure they secured their home and that they have a plan for their family as well. arthel: with an anticipated 16-foot storm surge, can you tell us, mayor, do you know if most of the residents of baton rouge if they evacuated or did many of them stay behind? >> so many of our residents did stay. some did evacuate. we did not have a mandatory evacuation right now. of course, we are encouraging our residents to shelter in place because we anticipate weather starting around 3:00 today. but we are prepared from the city point of view. i believe our residents are ready as -- red stick ready as we often say but we're not taking anything for granted. we will be vigilant as we
address this weather event. we'll be prayerful and we will be strong as we deal with this. arthel: we're showing live pictures of baton rouge right now. we've got some rain falling, and that's just -- there's a lot to follow with that as you well know, mayor broom. covid hospitalizations in baton rouge are at record levels, nearly all of the icu patients there are unvaccinated. how is hurricane ida impacting or challenging the plans at area hospitals? >> yeah, our hospitals are filled. they're full to capacity almost and so we are putting a strain on our healthcare workers, our hospitals. we're dealing with dual emergencies. we're dealing with covid-19 and now a hurricane. and so we are establishing a pre-storm shelter right now as i speak in collaboration with the red cross and what we're having to do is isolate those individuals who have been tested
covid positive. so we're in the middle of a pandemic and we're in the middle of a major weather event. but this is what preparation is all about and managing emergencies. arthel: indeed. i know you said you're red stick ready. how prepared is the city to help residents after ida passes when power will be out possibly for days, if not a couple weeks? >> yes. our area energy affiliates have certainly said that they are ready, two companies that power our community, inter-g as well as demco, we've been in constant communication. there's no doubt that everything will not be an immediate response but we are prepared to respond to our people post weather event. so we're certainly prepared. we are praying for the best but
we're prepared for the worst. arthel: mayor broom, thank you very much. i really -- we're praying for you there in baton rouge. stay safe and we wish you the best. thank you for joining us, mayor broom of baton rouge. >> thank you. arthel: eric. eric: he'll with, it is one of -- well, it is win of the most solemn duties of an american president, receiving the bodies of those service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. they were killed in battle abroad. president biden as well as first lady jill biden and other officials now at dover air force base, about to receive the bodies of the fallen soldiers, the 13 who were killed in that suicide bombing attack at kabul airport. they also met with families, their families there, at the dover air force base. we will watch this as it continues, a solemn and very
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as we keep our fallen service members in mind and their families, we remember that the ages of 20 and 22 and 23 and 25 and 31 as we watch here as the president and first lady, dr. jill biden, and military officials receive the bodies of those fallen heroes and, eric, again, you remember these stories. you see the face as we reported yesterday. and they are so young and so strong and so just fearless to go and do whatever it takes to protect america. eric: this is a searing and solemn reminder of their duty, of how they put themselves in harm's way, of the greatness of our nation, of our heart, when we've seen the photographs of
the marines and others cradling children, carrying those infants over the barb wire fence at kabul airport, then to be taken out by islamic jihadist terrorists as they were, as we were there trying to help the afghan people prevent terrorism and now they're home, embraced by the love, by the pride, and by the concern of our nation. arthel: as we watch, i'm sure like many people watching right now, my body is tingling with goose bumps. i'm filled with pride and i'm filled with sorrow, as i think about the sacrifice that these brave service members gave so selflessly and what their families have -- now have to deal with for the rest of their
lives. eric: they are sergeant picardo, 25 years old of lawrence, massachusetts, signed to naval support in bahrain. sergeant nicole gee, 23 years old, she is the young woman who had on her instagram, i love my job, as she was seen cradling the infant. she is married to a marine, her husband, gerard. she entered active duty in 2017, right after her husband and it was said by her fellow colleagues that she could outrun any guy, staff sergeant darren hoover, 31 years old of salt lake, he was an infantry leader, 31, the oldest of those who were killed. corporal hunter lopez, 22 years old of indio, california.
corporal dagen page, a rye l ri. david espinoza, 20, a lance corporal in the marines. lance corporal riley maccallum of jackson, wyoming, 20 years old. arthel: lance corporal dylan morola, 20. from the navy we have navy hospitalman maxton soviak, 22, of berlin heights, ohio. an army staff sergeant, ryan nouce, 23 of coreytown, tennessee. eric: from the heartland of our country, wyoming, indiana, to
kabul. now they are home. arthel: as we know, president biden knows this type of sorrow firsthand, so we would imagine that he was able to provide some empathy to those families of the fallen soldiers there, our service members. but i don't know -- i would imagine that their solace lies in the fact that their sons and daughters are so brave, were so brave and remain heroes and are held in the highest esteem. they should be proud as we are. eric: 11 of the 13 are being transferred now, so we'll just watch in silence.
american security. general, welcome. we are seeing the -- >> thank you for having me. eric: of course. we're seeing the tragic result of war. what we've gone through, through so many years, this scene sadly repeated too many times. your thoughts as we honor the 11 and all of the 13 who were killed in the suicide car bomb at kabul airport. >> yeah, you know, first of all, thank you, fox, for showing this. i mean, it's really -- it's a very moving ceremony. you're right, it is gut-wrenching. i have been to a dignified transfer with president trump and vice president pence and you go up there and you see it, first of all, it's always handled ex -- exceptionally well, but it's really hard. i remember telling vice president pence, i said i hate this. he said what are you talking about. i said i know what these kids are going through, young men and
women, and you know, they're the best of america. and you look at what they go through and every night americans should get down and pray and thank god that you've got men and women that are willing to do what they're doing. you know, i'm fortunate. i've got a young daughter, she's been in the military, she served in afghanistan. i've got a son who served there. and i have a son who wants to serve there as well. these kids went out there freely. they know what the risks were. they went in, into harm's way. and that ceremony is tremendously moving. it is quiet as you can possibly believe. when they move the transfer cases out of the aircraft, the salutes are given but there's not a word spoken. and it's really -- you can hear birds chirping three miles a way. it's a great ceremony in the sense that we honor them as we should honor them, as great americans who served this nation well and i congratulate fox for
showing it. it's a tough ceremony. eric: previous to this, the president and the secretary of defense and mrs. biden, they meet privately with the families. you have been there. you know what it's like. >> yeah. eric: sketch that out for us. >> yeah. yeah, there's a visitor center and you go to meet the families before they go to the aircraft and they do the dignified transfer which are actually carrying cases that they carry the remains to the mortuary for preparation for burial going forward and there's individual rooms in the center and they go talk to them and they move to each one of them and when you walk in there, it's like -- it's the hardest thing in the world. because you look at these families and three days ago they were getting notes from their kids saying this is great and i'm really proud of what i'm doing and doing something really good and then you go in in and talkto them and each ones
different and each one has their own story. i can speak for president trump and vice president pence, there is no time limit. you spend as much time as they want to talk and you listen to them and you hear their stories. just horrible. arthel: general kellogg, this clearly touches you, understandably so. it touches all of us, to our core. and you talk about the stories of those brave military members. you know the stories personally yourself but also through your son and your daughter who i believe each served in afghanistan. what are some of the stories they told you about their experience and the camaraderie that they grew to have with their fellow service members? >> well, there's a pride to this. you know, there's something about being a soldier, sailor, airman, marine, even a coast
guard, there's pride in the unit, pride in the organization, there's pride in the mission. most of them wearing the uniforms, the american flag is on the left shoulder and they're very, very proud of that they know that the united states has sent them on a tough mission and this is a really tough mission but they do it willfully and i heard some comments about, well, we didn't want to lose anybody more or the concerns, look, these troopers, they accept risk. they've got it. they understand what's expected of them going forward. they know it in the back of their mind. you have to strip out the emotion and let them know what's going on, just i want to make sure that america knows how great these kids are. arthel: and can you share with us the resolve of those service members who are currently in afghanistan for these last few hours as they try to evacuate as many americans and american allies as possible? >> yeah, honestly it's heart-breaking to them because
they know they're leaving and they know what they're leaving, because they see it. they're eye ball to eye ball with the human dimension. they see who is trying to leave and they know they can't get them all out. they know that. they don't know if it's americans or others out there. arthel: i beg your pardon. we have another flag-draped casket coming out. i would like to take a moment of silence and let us take this in.
is that every night -- and today is a sunday. there's probably a lot of people went to church. just remember to keep these kids in your prayers. they go out and they do these really, really tough missions and they willingly do that and americans should be very, very proud of having men and women that are willing to do this and i think -- how americans can express their gratitude is by their support. they know these kids have tough jobs to do and they'll do it. they represent america. they do what america asks them to do without question and they should take -- to me as american, you should take incredible pride about who these men and women are that do this. arthel: general kellogg, you're so right. thank you. and eric, i know i speak for you as well as for so many of us watching this, the pride runs so deep.
>> yeah, it does. i mean, very proud to be an american. i'm very proud have been a soldier and i'm very proud of my kids and i'm very proud of any young man or woman that's willing to do this and service the nation and all of america should be proud. eric: general, the families mourning and grieving but there's also anger, we have to recognize that. u.s. marine lance corporal kareem nikoi from california, he was one of the 13. his father criticized the president, criticized military leaders. he said they sent my son over there as a paper pusher and he was facing the taliban. when does anger fade? does it ever? is -- does grief overwhelm that. what do you say to parents who face this, is that what happens in war? >> well, first of all, the parents -- first of all, eric, the emotions of the parents are understandable. they're going to have that emotion. i will have to change the story a little bit. as a national security guy, when
i was in the white house, i had to strip the emotion out of it because you can't get involved emotionally. you can't fall into that trap. you've got to be as clear i'd and as hard as can you be and make sure this doesn't happen again or you find out what caused this and you make sure it doesn't happen again. that's the hard part. any emotion they deserve the emotion because it is their kids, no one else they are the kids that are lost and they have to go through the emotion about that child and i understand that, that is the hard part, to me again as a national security guy i remembered walking into the oval and something like this happen i had to divorce myself from the emotional part of it because my job was to give recommendations that were hard i'd and going forward and making sure the president and the right under vice president of the right thing going forward which is hard in itself.
eric: tuesday we will no longer be there we will no longer theoretically see these things. arthel: i'm so sorry general kellogg i beg your pardon, the emotion that you talk about those families again can never divorce and should never be expected to divorce themselves of any array of emotion that they have to extremes and go through as they mourn the untimely passing and death of their heroic children. we thank you so much general kellogg for your service in the service of your children to our great nation thank you for joining us today on the special news coverage. eric: thank you, we just all the president appeared to take a breath and bow his head, certainly one would think the
emotion had his son in service he would feel firsthand as his hand goes over his heart. arthel: let us all our hands together and pray for those families. >> good afternoon from fox news in washington you are watching continuing coverage fox news live as president biden first lady jill biden are at the dover delaware airbase to receive the bodies of 13 american fallen service members killed in a suicide bombing attack at the kabul airport this week. the president, first lady, cabinet members and also top military are on hand for a very powerful solemn, somber and difficult ceremony at dover ai