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adventure hopefully. >> thanks for joining us and watching goog toyou. it's monday augus good morning to our viewers in the west. it's monday, august 16th, 2021. i'm gayle king. that's anthony mason. that's tony dokoupil. let's go. welcome to "cbs this morning." here's today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> president biden saying you wouldn't see helicopters evacuating the embassy like saigon, and yet here we are. this is president biden's saigon moment. desperation in afghanistan. we're on the ground in kabul where the taliban has taken control. >> the taliban is back in power on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. >> reporter: the death toll is soaring in haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. >> many trapped under the rubble. hospitals overwhelmed. >> they can't do it alone. they need help from our federal government. >> reporter: as covid cases skyrocket among the
unvaccinated, we'll look at a rare tragedy from a breakthrough case. >> there will be people who watch this story who say she got vaccinated, and she died. >> i would still say to them, still get vaccinated. >> reporter: monsoon rains swamped parts of the southwest. >> reporter: the florida panhandle, residents preparing for tropical storm fred. all that -- >> reporter: a wyndham championship. six golfers went in, but kevin kisner emerged victorious. yes! and all that matters -- >> she wants more than a league of her own. we sit down with a college freshman who's playing hardball with the boys. >> show them how to play baseball. you know what i mean? >> reporter: you showed them. >> yeah. on "cbs this morning." >> line to center, history in the desert tonight. tyler gilbert has no hit the padres. ke a first impression. how about tyler gilbert? mor lea
but. >> that's what's great about baseball. family in tears, and why not? the kid pitched the game of his life. >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by progressive -- making it easy to bundle insurance. >> i like that. you only get one chance to make a first impression. didn't your mom say that? nicely done. >> perfectly done. literally. >> and making dad cry. that was nice. we welcome you to "cbs this morning." as you're waking up this morning, very serious news. the taliban are now in complete control of afghanistan. the sudden capture of the country's capital has shocked the world and caused bedlam this morning at the kabul airport where thousands of afghans are struggling to get on the next plane out. at least five people have been killed in the chaos, and we just learned there's now a temporary halt on flights at the airport. many observers compare the scenes to the fall of south vietnam back in 1975. >> taliban fighters took control of the capital less than 20 years after u.s. forces
overthrew their government. afghanistan's president fled the country, and much of the population is in hiding, afraid of what's next. roxana saberi is in kabul. good morning. for security reasons, our hotel is under lockdown at the moment, that's why i'm speaking to you from my room. the situation outside is very volatile. not only for us, but even more so for every afghan. the desperation is undeniable as afghans fleeing the taliban scramble to climb on to a c-130 taking off from kabul airport. this video appears to show those who couldn't hang on. this morning, more chaos as gunfire rang out. [ gunfire ] but the u.s. is deploying 1,000 more troops to the airport as washington scrambles to evacuate americans from afghanistan.
no one including us expected the taliban to reach kabul yesterday so in the past few days the taliban have taken city after city, and they've approached on the capital and with news that they are here, we are heading to the airport. with scenes like this and unable to get on a flight, we decided to stay. taliban fighters soon declared an end to the war from the comfort of the president's palace. just hours after strolling into kabul, just 11 days after launching an offensive overwhelming u.s.-trained afghan forces in cities across afghanistan. by evening yesterday, president ghani who had vowed to keep fighting, fled the country to avoid bloodshed. his countrymen are calling him a coward. 8-year-old shadi told us she wasn't afraid when she lost her leg in an attack on her village four months ago. does anything scare you?ot b al
ol becoming a doctor. parkdona was helping educate girls in kandahar until the taliban seized the southern city last week, and she went into hiding. what do you think would happen to you if the taliban find you now? >> i don't want to just assume they're going to come and murder me, right, but i would really like for them to accept for a fact that we are just the same people from the same country. we just have different views when it comes to girls' education. >> reporter: the taliban have pledged not to harm civilians and to respect women's rights under sharia law. we met a little girl who wants to be a doctor one day. what do you think her future will look like? >> i'm afraid about all those girls, including the girl that wants to be a doctor because for that you have to go to a school. and can she go to school in
regime, can she? i'm not sure. >> reporter: one afghan who worked for the now-former government told us last night the taliban came knocking on his door looking for him. he called us terrified, begging for help. tony? >> roxana saberi from an undunn closed location in kabul. stay safe for us. president biden has said nothing yesterday at least about the final collapse of the afghan government which the u.s. spent about $1 trillion to support. that's $1 trillion in military and reconstruction costs. other members of his administration, however, admit the taliban's quick advance to victory caught them by surprise, and they are taking heavy criticism as our ed o'keefe reports. [ chants ] >> reporter: protests outside the white house sunday as the situation deteriorated. president biden remains at camp david where security aides briefed him sunday from a distance. ♪ and the chairman of the joint chiefs, general mark milley, issued a dire warning to lawmakers -- the taliban's swift return to power means al qaeda could now reconstitute itself in
afghanistan faster than u.s. government estimates of two years. secretary of state antony blinken was left to explain things -- >> like it or not, there was an agreement that the forces would come out on may 1st. had we not begun that process, which is what the president did and the taliban saw, then we would have been back at war with the taliban. >> reporter: colorado democratic congressman jason crow who served two tours of duty in afghanistan expressed concern. >> nobody anticipated that the 20-year build-up of an afghan army with hundreds of millions of dollars that we've poured into it, that that army would not last a month. >> reporter: most concerning for some critics, recent assurances that are now proven completely wrong. mr. biden said this in july -- >> the likelihood that the taliban will run the whole country is highly unlikely. >> seems like many in president biden's intelligence community got this devastatingly wrong, and i think a lot of questions will be asked later about why.
>> this is going to be a stain on this president and his presidency -- >> reporter: sunday secretary blinken tried redirecting the scrutiny. >> ultimately it's up to the afghans, the government, the taliban, to decide the way forward for the country including kabul. >> reporter: white house officials don't rule out the public saying more publicly about the situation in the coming days but say there are no current plans to do so or for him to return from camp david. originally biden was set to respond from camp david. liz cheney is a member of the house armed services committee and joins us to discuss. good morning to you, congresswoman, cheney. this has been a disturbing turn of events -- >> good morning -- >> we're all trying to process it right now. you look at the pictures, it's terrifying, it's very frightening. what concerns you most as we sit here on this monday morning? >> well, it is, of course, just catastrophic.
it didn't have to be this way. and what concerns me most going forward from a national security perspective is the extent to which al qaeda, isis, other terrorist organizations now have an entire country that the taliban controls. we know 20 years ago the taliban was hosting al qaeda while they planned the attacks against us. and i also am very concerned about the prisoners released across the country. you've got prisoners that were released not only that are likely -- that will get back into the battle for the taliban and al qaeda in afghanistan, but will populate terrorist organizations globally. we've entered a very dangerous new phase now in the war on terror, created an additional security situation and danger that we simply didn't need create. totally unnecessary.
>> i've heard you say that. >> devastating. >> i've heard you say it didn't have to be this way. there seems to be enough blame to go around, fingerpointing in both directions. what do you think happened? >> i think two things happened. one, in the trump administration the agreement that was negotiated, secretary pompeo negotiated, actually was a surrender agreement. it was a document that had a date certain for withdrawal. it released -- it guaranteed, committed to prisoner releases. and we were all told, the american people were told that the taliban was going to renounce al qaeda. of course, that didn't happen. >> that didn't happen. >> we had -- did not happen, right. we had delegitimatized the afghan government, cut them out, negotiated with the taliban, a terrorist organization, signed an agreement with them -- we never should have done that. but president biden never should have withdrawn forces. i think ultimately when you look at how we got to this point, certainly there is sufficient blame on both sides. but this decision to just fundamentally withdraw really -- we're watching unfold what it looks like when america adopts a policy of retreat, when america
adopts a policy of surrender. it makes us less safe, and it's going to make the war longer. >> a lot of americans would say we made a 20-year investment in building up the afghan army, and they couldn't hold the country for a month. are you saying that we should have a permanent presence in afghanistan? >> you know, what we need to do is determine whether or not, and i believe that it is the case, that our security requires that we have sufficient forces to work with the afghans, that we did, to work with the afghans, air support, counterintelligence, counterterrorism efforts, to prevent the establishment of safe havens. if you look around the world, if you look at korea, look at germany, there are places where we have troops forward deployed. and 2,5 you don't know this 3,500 forces on the ground, the insight that that gave us, the intelligence gathering capabilities it gave us, the counterterrorism capabilities it gave us, all of those things were, you know -- we were able
to do those things under the previous arrangement. that's been totally eliminated now. >> secretary blinken said 2,500 troops wouldn't have been fluff to hold back the taliban. >> yeah, well, it's true that the enemy gets a choice, but they were holding them back. and our air power, our forces on the ground, our intelligence efforts, all of those things were working together. now, you know, again, we had the agreement that was signed in the trump administration that began this process of helping to strengthen the taliban. we invited or were going to invite the taliban to camp david. secretary pompeo met with the taliban, first u.s. secretary of state to do that. all of those things led to the moment that we find ourselves at. but ultimately this decision to completely and totally without is joe biden's. and it is one that is disgraceful. >> it is happening on his watch. no question about that. i keep thinking about the families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during this -- during this time period.
what is your message to those families who are sitting here wondering what did we do this for? >> yeah. it is heartbreaking. i would say, first of all, all of the men and the women who have been deployed to afghanistan over the last 20 years helped ensure that we didn't have any further mass casualty attacks from afghan territory. they helped to keep us safe. they helped to prevent the kind of attack we saw on 9/11. their service was really crucially important for our security. and i also think we need to go forward, all of us who are elected officials, committing ourselves that we're going to conduct ourselves in a way that is worthy of their sacrifices, conduct ourselves in a way that's above politics, that looks at what the security requirements of the nation are, and we need to have a very seriously look now at how we're going to, in fact, conducts counterterrorism operations around the world given the heightened threat because of this complete withdrawal from afghanistan. >> all right. congresswoman cheney, thank you
so much for your time. a lot to think about today. turning our attention now to haiti where nearly 1,300 people are dead following a powerful earthquake on saturday. that death toll, unfortunately, is expected to rise. the 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings just a month after the assassination of haiti's president. and now an intense rescue effort is under way. our vlad duthiers is in port-au-prince for us, a place he knows well. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. you know, haitians have a saying here when asked about all the calamities they've borne over the years, beyond the mountains there are mountains. 11 years, seven months and four days, after an earthquake killed hundreds of thousands here in and around port-au-prince, haitians are faced with yet another challenge.e. e a nation crushed under the weight of yet another natural disaster. hospitd by incoming patients.
as rescue workers search for survivors under mounds of concrete and debris. in the destruction, there are brief moments of hope like there -- like this woman and a young boy being rescued. the epicenter of the 7.2 quake is 80 miles west of the capital port-au-prince, the coastal town was one of the hardest hit, and the hospital is at capacity. a private plane is federal employeeing -- is flying patients to port-au-prince. a striking blow for a country that still hasn't fully recovered from a series of natural disasters. a devastating earthquake hit in 2010 where an estimated 300,000 were killed. i spent nearly a month reporting from haiti immediately after and witnessed the horror that haitians faced. >> we need more people down here! >> reporter: in 2016, we came back after hurricane matthew leveled towns along the coast.
>> we understand the dire situation we are in, but we hope we'll come out of it. >> reporter: bocchit edmond is haiti's ambassador to the u.s. he says the rebuilding effort will be an arduous one, especially after the assassination of haiti's president jovenel moise last month led to even more instability. but he says haiti's interim government needs to step up and rebuild a stronger nation. >> we cannot avoid any outbreak -- there will be better resistance of those buildings and every other infrastructure. so they won't collapse like a house of cards. >> reporter: there is another saying, and it's emblazoned on the national flag and embodies what haiti has stood for since it became the first black independent nation in the western hemisphere. l'union fait la force, in union there is strength. and anthony, haitians will need that strength more than ever in
the days and weeks ahead as tropical storm grace threatens to bring mudslides and complicate relief efforts. >> yeah. they will, they've been through so much. thank you so much. as vlad mentioned, tropical depression grace is expected to make landfall in haiti today dropping several inches of rain. meanwhile, the same parts of florida's panhandle devastated by michael in 2018 are bracing for tropical storm fred. it's expected to come ashore this evening with winds topping 60 miles per hour. flooding is the main concern there, as well. fred could bring up to half a foot of rain as far north as north carolina. >> wow. fred always sounds like a friendly name to me. >> not so friendly. this fred ain't friendly. >> doesn't sound good. ahead, a breakthrough covid case in a vaccinated person has a rare and tragic ending. the final message about the
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hundreds of firefighters are working around the clock this morning in utah trying to control the parley's canyon fire in the mountains east of salt lake city. crews are tackling the fire both from the ground and from the air. between 6,000 and 8,000 families have already been evacuated as the fire has moved closer to homes in the area. officials say a faulty catalytic converter started the blaze from a vehicle on interstate 80. think about that. so far more than 600 acres have burned, and the fire at this point only 10% contained. >> that damn catalytic converter. get you every time. ahead, naomi osaka's
powerful words and generous pledge after the weekend earthquake in haiti. just when you think, guys, you can't love her anymore. >> i good morning. it's 7:26. i am anne makovec. two bay area school districts are reopening for in person classroom instruction for the first time in 18 months at west contra costa unified. masks are required indoors and outdoors and staff must show vaccine proof or test weekly for covid. students back to class in san francisco with masks again required indoors. san francisco unified is requiring teacher and staff to be vaccinated or face weekly testing. that will be effective september 7. today the bay area panthers will announce their relocation to s.a.p. center in san jose. they'll be playing in the
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welcome back tos across the country, we're taking a closer look at the so-called breakthrough cases, people who get covid after receiving a vaccine. research shows it's extremely rare for breakthrough cases to lead to hospitalizations or death, according to the cdc. out of 168 million people vaccinated, only about 1,500 have died of the virus. that's a tiny fraction of 1%. our lead national correspondent david begnaud joins us from lafayette, louisiana, with more. good morning. >> reporter: anthony, good morning. 99.9% of people who have been vaccinated do not and have not en siousll od
. listen, it's happened, and it continues to happen. if it happens to your family, it's devastating enfou're th only e. thorl one of and ou nessary uany pere being affected like this. >> i'm not feeling well. >> reporter: tara mosely read to us what would be some of her daughter's final words. >> my legs are turning black. >> reporter: over the next few days, angelle described in detail through texts as she lay alone at home and in the hospital. >> my lungs are clogged up. >> reporter: she battled covid and pneumonia in the hospital. her mother could only see her briefly. >> i prayed with her and showed her that we love her. like, angelle, we love you. and that moment she shed a tear. >> reporter: when who shed a tear? >> angelle did.
>> reporter: she did? >> she did. >> reporter: that day, july 25th, angelle died. she was 33 years old. >> i just tested positive for covid-19. while being vaccinated. >> reporter: when angelle initially told her mother and her sister that she had tested positive for covid, she said that she was vaccinated which means that she is considered to be a breakthrough case. now according to cdc data, breakthrough cases make up less than 1% of all the covid cases. of the more than 168 million americans who have been fully vaccinated, around 8,000 have been hospitalized or died of covid. and that is about .005%. there will be people who watch this story who say she got vaccinated, and she died. >> i will still say to them, still be vaccinated because her weight played a lot in it. >> did the doctor ever speak to you about her weight and that being a factor? >> he did.
he did. he says -- that she's a large person, her heart could not pump like it should have been pumping. >> reporter: the cdc says that people with certain co-morbidities are more at risk for having severe symptoms of covid-19 which among them are obesity, chronic kidney and heart disease, asthma, and cancer. >> right now the majority of cases what we're seeing positive with the covid-19 are the unvaccinated period. >> reporter: medical contributor dr. david agus says that vaccines are stopping people from getting seriously ill and that nearly everyone who has died after being vaccinated has had some type of serious underlying medical condition. >> it's very important for every single person who's been vaccinated to know if you have other medical conditions, the vaccine doesn't protect from those becoming an issue or causing a problem. while the vaccines may give you some protection, it's not enough to overcome the medical issues or the lack of a very strong immune system, unfortunately.
>> reporter: angelle's mother wanted to assure us that her daughter took the virus seriously and wanted all of her friends and her family to get vaccinated. that's a beautiful color, too. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: angelle was budding entrepreneur. she owned a store in new orleans that specializes in clothes for plus-sized women. inside angelle's bright-colored clothing lines the walls. outside, there has been a growing memorial. if she were here right now, what would she want you to say? >> keep business going because that was her baby, that was her dream. i know she really wanted people to know to actually -- to be vaccinated still, you know, it's very imperative that we still mass up. >> reporter: angelle was buried over the w. of drsetasold ater stor tels she p and running. one more thing, the leading
health officer in louisiana said friday 100 people here in louisiana have died after being fully vaccinated. 23 within the last week. but he made this point, he said the median age of people who were those breakthrough cases and getting really sick and dying, the median age is 74 years old, and the vast majority of those people all have pretty severe underlying conditions. gayle? >> that's good to remember. thank you, david. really special thanks to mrs. mosely for sharing the story about the loss of her daughter. people hear a story and say, see, that's another reason why you shouldn't get it. mrs. mosely is saying clearly, despite what has happened and how pain gnall is, you should set it -- pain that is, you should get the sax. >> someone dies in a car crash wearing a seat belt doesn't mean you don't wear a seat belt. >> good analogy. thank you. long-term care facilities have seen a lot of pain and heartbreak during this pandemic. ahead, how families are fighting to require staff at those facilities to please get the
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number was nearly 5,000. manuel bojorquez spoke to one woman who wants the shots to be mandated at her husband's long-term care facility. it's in florida. >> reporter: early 2020 he started falling a lot. and we were in and out of the hospital. >> reporter: when jennifer moore saw her husband's parkinson's disease take a turn for the worse the couple knew it was time for a long-term care facility. tom moore moved into the west broward rehabilitation and health care center in plantation, florida, last march, just days before the pandemic forced the home to close to visitors. >> he would tell me that he thought he was being kidnapped to mexico because nothing was familiar. >> reporter: what was that like for you to hear? >> oh, my heart was breaking. i mean, this was a man who i've spent the better part of 20-some years with, and then all of a sudden i wasn't able to see him for months on end. >> reporter: when the vaccine started to roll out, i'm imagining he was probably among the first group of people to be
vaccinated? >> yes. i said, i want him to be the first person in that building vaccinated. >> reporter: but the nursing home staff apparently wasn't as eager to get their shots. according to the centers for medicare and medicaid services, as of august 1st, only about 32% of the employees at the facility have been fully vaccinated, compared to more than 90% of its residents. in fact, florida has the second lowest nursing home staff vaccination rate in the nation after louisiana. >> we lost one yesterday. and it was in my opinion, it was preventable. >> reporter: after brian robare started seeing more residents test positive at the facility he runs in lakeland, florida, he decided to make the shots mandatory for current and new staff hires. >> there are a handful of "you can't tell me what to do," and they're correct. we cannot make them get vaccinated, but we can require it for employees who work here. >> reporter: moore wants her
husband's nursing home to follow suit. so many of them are understaffed. that's a concern, too. >> maybe if -- i think it's a lot of it ae's coaliteducation. these are not people political motivated to be unvaccinated. >> reporter: you think some may be falling prey to misinformation? >> yes. >> reporter: she says in recent months she's received dozens of voicemiles notifying her of new cases either among staff or residents. >> they have to close down visitation whenever they -- whenever they get a certain number of positive cases in the facility. even if my husband is protected because he's vaccinated, they' is toefamily.ssential o >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," manuel bojorquez, hollywood, florida. and we reached out to the nursing home where jennifer moore's husband lives for a statement. they did not respond to our
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time to time for "what to watch." mr. duthiers is in port-au-prince. we have nikki battiste. >> glad to be here. i'm good. a lot of sad news. we hope to bring smiles to the audience. we hope vlad is safe. good morning. here are a few stories we think you'll be talking about. starting today, new york city is the first city in the nation to require proof of vaccination for indoor activities. people need to show proof they got a shot in the arm in order to get into places like restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues. it applies to customers and employees.
not everyone is happy. hundreds of people protested outside the mayor's home yesterday chanting "freedom." one woman told our new york station wcbs-tv that she and the rest of the demonstrators don't approve of mandates because they want to keep america free. just over 60% of the city's population has received at least one vaccine dose. it's interesting, i -- when this was announced, i was covering the story for our evening news. i interviewed the owner of the tavern on the green. he had already put in the mandate for customers and employees. >> it's common in new york already. i think the majority of new yorkers are not the ones protesting. i would ask the protesters, did you stop at a traffic light on the way snehere? follow the speed limit? there are rules. >> you're still free. >> most importantly, you want to keep businesses open and functioning. the way is to keep them clean and to keep people healthy. we're just trying to move on here, that's all. >> a lot of mixed reactions. it will be interesting to see how business and how the restaurants continue -- >> i don't feel mixed. anybody at this table? >> based on the conversations i
had with restaurant owners. >> i know. i've met them. some of them are in my family. i get it. i get it. an athlete, one of the greatest athletes in the world, making a huge pledge. tennis superstar naomi osaka is helping the people of haiti. the number-two-ranked women's player said she'll donate any prize money she wins from this week's tournament to earthquake relief efforts in the country. osaka's dad is a native of haiti. the 23-year-old tweeted that it really hurts to see all the devastation in haiti after a deadly 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the country on saturday. she went on to say, "i know our ancestors' blood is strong. we'll keep rising." just love her. >> ever being her. >> a wonderful gesture -- >> to speaking out her mental health. she's a very young woman but so poised and so sophisticated. >> yeah. >> clearly so generous and caring. >> hope she does well at the tournament. i think she'll have more to say on the back end it. hopefully vlad duthiers has a sit-down with her.
i could see that. >> if she does win the top prize in the women's singles, it's just over $250,000. everyone will be rooting for her no doubt. >> rooting for her anyway but especially now. >> she's been outspoken on so many fronts. a real leader in the world really. banksy's back, anthony, i know you're excited. we're getting a look at banksy's latest artwork in a video he released on instagram. the famous british street artist confirmed he was behind several murals that popped up in english seaside towns in recent weeks. this video titled "a great british spray-indicacation" sho summer trip in a beaten up van with paint stashed in a cooler. it includes a gigantic seagull swooping down and a child building a sand castle with a crowbar. there's been much speculation banksy was behind the group of new graffiti images. i feel like you know who he is, anthony. >> i don't know who he is --
>> i was thinking that, too. >> i love the we're all in the same boat mural. i think he's got a great sense of humor. >> he does. but you've got to identify someone once you've seen their shoes. hey, bill, i saw your feet on tv the other day. >> you've never met him, anthony? >> i have never met him. i was looking at the number, he set a record of $23 million, his last paninting sold for. thanks. ahead and only on "cbs this morning," jason isbell will join us to talk about canceling a recent performance over covid. [sfx: radio being tuned] welcome to allstate. ♪ [band plays] ♪ a place where everyone lives life well-protected. ♪ and even when things go a bit wrong, we've got your back. here, things work the way you wish they would. and better protection costs a whole lot less. you're in good hands with allstate. click or call for a lower auto rate today.
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it's it's monday, august ♪ it's monday, august 16th, 2021. we welcome you back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king, that's anthony mason and tony dokoupil. afghanistan has fallen to the taliban after nearly two decades of war. we'll talk with biden national security advisor jake sullivan. singer jason isbell is upsetting some fans by requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test at his concerts. he'll speak with us in his only network tv interview. and women breaking barriers in baseball. how one group is trying to open up the sport at the college level. but first, here's today's "eye-opener" at 8:00. the taliban are now in complete control of afghanistan. the sudden capture of the
country's capital has shocked the world. >> for security reasons, our hotel is under lockdown. the situation outside is very volatile. not only for us, but even more so for every afghan. >> white house officials don't rule out the president saying more publicly about the situation in afghanistan in the coming days, but say there are no current plans for him to do s or for him to return here to the white house from camp david. >> it's terrifying, it's very frightening. what concerns you most as we sit here on this monday morning? >> al qaeda, isis, other terrorist organizations now have an entire country that the taliban controls. >> nearly 1,300 people are dead following a powerful earthquake. >> haitians will need strength in the days and weeks ahead as tropical storm grace threatens to bring mudslides and complicate relief efforts. >> final round of the wyndham championship, chesson hadley needing some special to earn is pga tour card this season.
and he's got it. >> watch this comeback. >> go, go. >> did he? >> yes! >> his first career hole in one on a pga tour. >> look at that! >> i did it! >> i love it. i did it! >> normally you don't hear golfers do that, "i did it!" we like that enthusiasm. here we are back again, and it's like the peaches and herb, you know that "reunited and it feels so good". >> here we are go. this morning there's a desperate rush to get out of kabul now that the taliban have seized control of afghanistan. individual kwroeu from the nation's capital highlights the government's stunning collapse and stunning is the word here. there are scenes of chaos at afghanistan's main airport, still under u.s. military control which is the only way out for americans and their allies. now, the video shows afghans, look at this, hanging on to a c-17 plane taxiing at the kabul airport. wow. >> it took just days for the
taliban to sweep across the country. charlie d'agata has reported extensively from afghanistan. he visited afghan government forces on the front lines just last month. charlie, how did things fall apart so quickly? >> yeah, it fell apart in less than a month. the taliban offensive was already under way the last time we were there. it was triggered by president biden's announcement that the u.s. troops would be pulling out as promised. the taliban then went on the attack almost immediately taking over large stretches of rural areas. they were surrounding these provincial capitals. it was thought then they would hold off launching an all-out assault until american forces were gone for good. then the real blitz started a week ago, the first big city to fall was kundus. that cut off all areas north of kabul and that was a big victory. partly because that's where the taliban has met resistance in the past.
then one after another tas ggt outside of kabul were captured, really important because it cut off the main highway to the capital from the south. so kabul wasn't surrounded but was certainly isolated. one of the keys to the taliban's success is the speed of that offensive. the afghan military was not able to regroup and mount any serious counteroffensive. the taliban exploited that weakness. anthony. >> charlie, you've been embedded with american forces and with the afghan forces. we've spent billions of dollars building up the afghan army, 20 years of training them. why aren't they more prepared? >> reporter: well, anthony, the biggest component was the severe reduction in u.s. air strikes. in the past that's always stopped the taliban in its tracks. and i know this may sound odd after 20 years and all that money, but the afghan military wasn't ready for this because the model they had developed was too dependent on u.s. backup. we're talking about close air
support, phetd medevac supplies, really important. when we were last on the front lines, that position that we were in was overrun within days and they were begging us, they were begging me for support for u.s. helicopters. they also couldn't move special forces around quickly enough. they quickly lost confidence and morale. there was no leadership. and you know when you're surrounded, you're running out of food and water and weapons, no reinforcements, fighting for a government you don't believe in, dropping your gun and going home is a pretty easy decision to make. >> charlie d'agata with the unraveling situation in afghanistan. thank you, charlie. joining us now is president biden's national security advisor, jake sullivan. jake, good morning to you. glad to have you on this morning. i want to begin with a realtime picture, if you could provide it for us, of the situation at the airport in afghanistan. we understand the embassy drawdown is complete. how many more americans still need to get out? >> so first i do want to salute the skill and professionalism of our military forces in afghanistan who did complete a successful and safe drawdown of
our embassy. our embassy is now closed and our diplomatic presence is secure at the kabul airport. now our military is working to secure that airfield as civilians, desperate civilians are going there seeking to get out, to secure it so we can run a series of evacuation flights for american citizens who are in kabul, for afghans who have worked for us in the past and for other vulnerable afghans. and we intend to carry out those evacuation flights after securing the airport over the coming days. >> are we talking dozens of americans, hundreds of americans? can you put a rough number on it? >> i will saye w whoan pe total, and that includes a significant number of americans. we are still doing outreach to establish the total number of americans in country.
it's important to note that for weeks now we have been communicating with americans, telling them to leave the country, offering them loans or financing so that they could secure plane tickets if they didn't have means to do so otherwise. so we have actually been working to evacuate thousands and thousands of americans over time. now it's about determining who is left and who didn't heed those warnings along the way. >> jake, we are looking at these unbelievable pictures of people literally hanging on to the plane as it's taxiing down the runway. what do you have to say about that? what are your thoughts when you see that? >> well, every time you're involved in policy, whether it's big or small, you have to remember it's about the human costs. there are real human costs here. and seeing that image, i recognize that and it's heart breaking. but i also think about the human costs of the alternative, which was president biden ordering u.s. forces to remain in afghanistan and that would have required adding thousands and thousands more u.s. troops in the face of a taliban onslaught, taking casualties, and frankly having to step up and fight for an afghan army that was not prepared to fight for itself.
president biden was not prepared to usher in a third decade of war and put u.s. troops in harm's way fighting and dying to try and hold afghanistan together when its own armed forces would not fight to hold it together. so this is about hard choices. the choice he made he believes was in the national security interests of the united states and we have executed a drawdown of u.s. forces in afghanistan and are now conducting those evacuations. >> jake, on this question of preparedness, it would appear that the administration was not prepared for kabul to fall this quickly and for the taliban to overrun the country this quickly. how did you get it so wrong? and you've been in two administrations at this point advising presidents on afghanistan. when did you personally realize that the afghan army was just not up to this fight? >> well, so first, we always
knew, were clear of eyed about the distinct possibility that kabul would eventually fall to the taliban. it was not an inevitability, it was a possibility. the speed was at the very fast end. it was not something we expected to go that quickly, but we had contingency plans in place for any eventuality, including a quick fall of kabul. those forces who were at the airport right now did not appear out of nowhere. president biden prepositioned them weeks ago in theater to be able to fly them in in the event that kabul fell very quickly. we've secured the airport, we've secured our embassy and we've done so in an extreme contingency knowing before this went down we had to be prepared to do that. >> jake -- >> we had hoped that they would fight and stand up. but it became clear as city after city fell that in fact the afghan army was not prepared despite billions of dollars and years of training and all of the advanced capabilities we provided. and that raises real questions
about whether one more year or two more years or five more years would have made any difference in terms of u.s. troops staying in afghanistan. >> jake, given how quickly the taliban have taken the country, are you sure you can hold the airport long enough to get all the people out you need to? >> we've made very clear that the taliban that if they disrupt our operations, if they menace or attack our forces, there will be a severe and devastating response. we intend to secure the airport. we intend to move through these evacuations and then we intent to complete the retrograde. this is not without risk. >> when is the president going to address the country on this? everybody is waiting to hear from him. >> well, the president has been deeply engaged hour by hour in working through this contingency plan. >> we see that, but we haven't heard from him, jake. in the short time we have left, can you tell us when he's going to speak to us about it? >> i think you can expect him to speak to the country soon. he hasn't put a definitive time on it. i won't get ahead of our press team in terms of announcing that. in the meantime what he's going to do is stay laser focused on
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daughter's eyes last night ♪ ♪ and i need you here with me with both of us ♪ >> that's grammy-winning singer/songwriter jason isbell who is taking a stand for safety as new covid numbers surge. he's requiring everyone who attends his concerts to show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test. last week he canceled a show near houston because the venue couldn't meet his protocols. all this has led to backlash among some of his fans. jason isbell joins us now for his only network tv interview. good morning. thank you so much for joining us. >> hey, anthony. thank you for having me. >> jason, what do you say to disgruntled fans who don't like? >> well, you know, they don't have to come to the show. we're not forcing anybody to do anything. it's just -- we're trying to keep the shows as safe as possible. they're free to not come to the shows if they don't want to get the vaccine or don't want to take the covid test.
but that doesn't necessarily mean they're free to join in with the environment that we're trying to create. you know, you can stay home. i mean, that is one of our american freedoms is to stay home and do whatever you want all by yourself. >> jason, i love that. please spread the word, jason isbell, please spread the word. >> it does get lonely at home, though, jason. >> yeah. it does. >> you know, there's nothing -- >> go ahead -- >> there's nothing protecting us from loneliness in the constitution. >> right. >> says a lot of stuff but doesn't mention -- >> jason, medical -- allow me pushback on this question. while music, live music, togetherness is not food and water, it is an i s necessity, o need it. loneliness can be deadly, in fact. so the bigger picture is typically medical decisions, whether to get tested, whether to get a vaccine, is a totally private endeavor, no one cares about it in public.
now you're asking everyone to care about it, making people care about it. what do you say to that criticism? >> well, i'm just trying to keep people from getting sick. >> thank you. >> at my concerts. >> uh-huh. >> you know, and i think that's more important than people getting their feelings hurt to tell you the truth. and i don't think that there's anything intrusive about asking people to participate in a social contract. i mean, you have to wear pants to the show. and you've always had to wear -- >> there was a period when we did not. >> you've always had to wear pants to the show. i mean, some artists maight hav a different rule with pants. for me, you have to cover yourself up to come to the show. and i think we're in a crisis. >> i do, too. >> we're in a crisis now. we're in an emergency situation. >> i know, we're laughing about it, but it's not funny. >> i'm curious generally what other musicians are talking about. i know you're not alone in this.
dead and company, marine five, t some canceled because of the concern about this. you guys were off the road for a year and a half. you don't want to go back off the road, right? >> right. and i think that's inevitable if we don't take some steps to try to put some restrictions in place and make it safer. i think we see that, you know, some people just aren't going to get vaccinated, whether they medically can or not. and they're going to continue to go out and spread the virus. and i think we're just a few weeks away from everything getting shut back down if we don't do this. so it's really -- it's kind of a survival mechanism for us. >> i know. nobody wants to be shut back down. that's why i love what you're doing. listen, if people not getting vaccinated didn't affect the rest of us, i would say have at it. but it affects -- it affects us. that's why i think it's so important that you're taking this stand for safety. -- venues who an'tillingo 'tli change their protocol?
do you change venues or is so far everybody going along with your requirement? >> so far, the only show we've had to cancel was the one in houston. everything else either the venues agreed to go along with the protocols or there's been another venue nearby that have stepped up and taken -- like in fort worth, billy bob's texas let us put the show on there. which was a really -- a great time. it was a lot of the fun playing in the world's biggest honky tonk. i think a lot of it comes down to certain states where the governor has threatened to withhold state funds from venues that allow people to implement these processes. but there are a lot of venues that don't need state funds. you know, fort worth, billy bob's is doing just fine on their own. so we might have to change some of our venues. i think in little rock, arkansas, we had -- obviously we give people refunds if they can't adhere to the policy. i think about 10% of the audience asked for a refund. >> all right. we've got to -- forgive me,
good morning. it's 8:25. i am gianna franco. two bay area school districts are reopening today in person for the first time in 18 months at west contra costa unified. masks are required indoors and outdoors and staff must show vaccine proof or test for covid weekly. students are coming back to class in san francisco with masks required indoors. teachers are to be vaccinated or face weekly testing. a prominent doctor says we may experience a so called twin demic. he believes there is a heightened risk some will catch
the flu or covid or maybe even both. as we look at the roads, we are seeing stop and go conditions due to the crash. it's a big rig crash, looks like it is still stuck on its side on the left shoulder causing a back up as you work west bound through the area. hopefully cars are using alternates. a drive time at 42 minutes antioch towards 80. it will take 24 minutes to go from highway four to the maze. the metering lights are on. gray and hazy as we look to the santa clara valley with the mount hamilton camera. through our day we have an air quality advisory that's extended for north bay and east bay due to hazy skies aloft in upper levels of the atmosphere. that will help to push that haze aloft out of here as we head through our day. digits and around the bay, upper 60s if you smell gas, you're too close.
welcome back to "cbs this morning." it is time to bring some of the stories that are "talk of the table" this morning. and mr. mason has the honors. >> in pole position. >> yeah. i want to pay tribute to grammy-winning singer/songwriter nanci griffith who died friday at the age of 68. griffith wrote and recorded country and folk songs about small town life. ♪ so i wish you would rain going to wash my face clean ♪ ♪ gonna find some thunder cloud to hide in me ♪ >> that's the song "i wish it would rain" from 1988. she described her music as blending the sound of acoustic folk with upbeat country rock. she was the first to record "from a distance."
it would become a hit for bette midler in the '90s. she wrote "outbound plane" in 1991 and "love at the five and dime." country artists paid tal. darius rutger wrote, "i lost one ofy idols, one of the reasons i am in nashville." david letterman was a huge fan, yeah, and he -- first tv appearance was on his show. someone posted over the weekend after she died all of her appearances on david letterman, they ran an hour and a half long. >> whoa. >> wow. >> yeah. it was -- >> david really liked her. >> she was on youtube. and so anyway, we've lost a great singer/songwriter. >> all right. beautiful. my "talk of the table" is a tiktok video that has gone viral. really it's a continuation of my warnings to watch out when you're near the water in the state of florida. this comes from a florida boy. these people are fishing in what's believed to be the everglades when they suddenly notice something stalking them
and emerging from the water right -- wait for it -- you'll know when you hear a curse word it will be there -- >> the video, i love it. >> it's going to get there. >> we're still waiting. >> we probably could have flashed forward to the part where the the alligator comes out. there's a gator. >> eoh, my god. hol holy [ bleep ] -- >> they are everywhere in florida. they will take your dog. they will take anything on four legs, two legs, one leg. >> i shouldn't be laughing at that. >> yeah. it's a real risk there. they learned their lesson. everybody becomes a public safety expert, though, of course, after they see the gator. someone in the video says, "don't dangle your legs off that tunnel." good idea. >> it is creepy. >> yeah. >> it is kind of creepy. that nobody was hurt -- >> no one was hurt. 26 million views. it's a -- >> the gator slid in there and said "don't mess with me." yeah. >> my "talk of the table" is i don't have one because i want to give up my time for our next guest. i'm so excited that she's here,
why, because she's a trail blazer. we like those. an emmy nominee who's also out with new music. ♪ we don't got to do this alone f if we try ♪ ♪ starting over again much i got something to say ♪ >> whoa, catchy, right? that's the new video from "something to say" by mikaela j. best known as m.j. rodriguez. she's the star of the groundbreaking series "pose," about new york's underground ballroom scene in the 1980s and the '90s. m.j. rodriguez made history this summer as the first transgender performer to earn a primetime emmy nomination. go, you, in a lead acting category on. "pose" she plays a house mother. >> it is our home. for too long we've been on the run, all of us. if you're always moving, no one can catch you. nothing bad can happen to you. but all that running ain't going
to do nothing but put more distance between you and what you're meant to do with your life. not one day did our dearly departed brother cubby run. so today, i'm done running. [ cheers ] who's with me? >> who's with me? we are! we are, m.j., "pose" ended the third and last season on fx. m.j. rodriguez joins us at the table because she's got something to say -- ♪ that's her new song, we'll play a little about that in a second. but congrats, number one. congrats. >> thank you. >> you are making history in so many ways. and you said that you were an emotional wreck when you got the emmy nomination. >> i was. >> tell us about that. >> yeah. so i stayed -- stayed up until 10:00 in the morning in the south of france ton w know whats going to come out. whatever the outcome, i want to save this as a memento.
i remember my mom hugging me and we were screaming -- >> here it is. here it is. where are you? >> i was -- >> there you are. [ laughter ] >> you weren't in the video.wow. >> you know what i presenapprec you say you were watching. so many people say, oh, i was sleeping, they had to wake me up. i love that you were up watching. >> yeah. >> this meant a lot to you. >> it did. it did. i wanted to -- i wanted to be a part of change, and i wanted people to see us as five-dimensional people versus just characatures. >> you called it a life-changing moment. how is it a life-changing moment? >> it's a life-changing moments when you actually, you know, come from humble beginnings, you come from an area that you would never think people would see you in or even notice you and you get to a space where people finally see you for your art and not just for outside of the person, they get to see you for your craft. working as a
working actress and singer for a long time. it was great. >> you're an inspiration now for others. i'm curious, who inspired you? >> my mom. my mom is my biggest inspiration. like she's the person who portrayed womanhood in my life. she raised me. she's the one who really made sure i was diligent in my craft and who i am. she's the biggest influence. >> you a called it a love letter torakids i love do you mean by that, t.j? >> a love letter to tragedy kids. finally the door is being broken down for girls like us and young trans men, too. a lot of trans men don't get a lot of light. want to give a shout out to the young trans men. we don't get a lot of light and now the door's opening, and it feels good. it's for them. the next generation. >> i know you have kicked down the door wearing high heels. cute shoes, too. >> thank you. >> you know what else i'm fascinated about you, when i was watching the show, i didn't know you could sing. and you can sing-sing. you sang a couple of times during the episode.
the video is great. you've got something to say. tell us about your musical- your been doing that for a while. >> that's been my main goal for a long time, that's been my passion. me and v this amazing song "somethig to say." white from earth, wind, and fire? >> yeah. i was excited because my dream had come to fruition. look there it is, my performance. >> m.j. goes, yes, look at me. i look good. somebody your team said j. lo, watch out. drop the microphone. >> i never want to try the queen. i love miss j. lo. yeah, i feel like this moment in my life is a defining one because it hasn't happened. i'm thankful for it. >> yeah. more music to come. >> more music to come, definitely. and the music video just dropped. hopefully people are tuning in. >> was your mom a big supporter of your music? >> yes. she was like -- when it came to my music she was manager mom.
>> she was? >> wow. >> she's like, get up there and sing girl, put the mic up to your mouth, don't play around. okay, mom. i got you. >> the third and final season of "po "pos." where does blanca sit with you? where will she sit with you as you move forward in your career? >> i think blanca's always going to have a space in my heart. she's always on my right or left shoulder cheering me on. she inspired me a lot. the words that came off the pages of that show were really beautiful. so i'm thankful that, you know, i was a vessel for that character. now i can move to other -- >> you're doing something very different. tell us about that. >> yeah. >> comedy? >> yeah. i'm working with maya rudolph in a show called "loot." people get to see my flexing my -- >> called what? >> "loot." by maya -- starring maya rudolph. and a couple of other amazing, amazing people. emmy nominated, great writers and stuff. i'm really, really excited. >> you have comedy chops, too? >> i do. i do. america, hopefully they like it.
>> she sings, she dances, she acts. all right, m.j. rodriguez. we are cheering you on. emmy night, you got -- now you've got to decide what to wear. i love to see what people are going to wear on the red carpet. >> i have set it in my head. it's going to be a big, old surprise when i get up on the red carpet. >> all right. congratulations. >> thank you. >> thank you for getting up early. i know what this is like. >> it's fun. >> for one day. >> yeah. yeah. you're right, for one day. you can watch the 73rd primetime emmy awards sunday, september 19th, at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific here on cbs or on the viacomcbs streaming service, paramount plus. ahead, meet a 17-year-old freshman who's among just a handful of female college baseball players nationwide. how she's part of a push
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a small but growing number of young women are joining college baseball teams. in fact, over the weekend, the first-ever all-women's college baseball invitational tournament took place in new jersey. 29 women took part, four of whom are current members of college at baseball times. we're at centenary university in hackettstown, new jersey, beautiful field there, where the the two-day tournament just concluded.
meg, good morning to you. where are you there? good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning. over the weekend the focus was to showcase the talent of young females interested in college baseball. it was hosted by baseball for all, a foront profit that's pushing for equity in the sport. alexia jorge was one of the players rounding the bases and is finally seeing her dream come true. >> it's everything. it's the cleats on concrete. it's the sound of the ball hitting the mitt. it's the sounds of the ball off the bat. it's just the chatter and -- like everything about it is just amazing. >> reporter: alexia jorge loves baseball. the 17-year-old is making history as one of only six women stepping up to the plate to play college ball this year. what did you say to the naysayers along the way who said girls shouldn't be playing baseball? >> i would just ignore them honestly. i would put my head down and keep working harder. that would be my drive to be
better and show them that i actually can play. they would be quiet after i baseball. them. d tehow had what it takes to be part of their until now all-boys baseball team. >> i was very impressed with e mostly abouter alityev t base believe there were 10 or 11 catchers there, and she was, in my opinion, the best one at receiving the baseball. >> reporter: how old were you when you first started playing baseball? >> i was 3. >> reporter: 3 years old? what happened? >> my dad, he needed an extra player on my brother's t-ball team. he didn't have any other players, and threw me in there. >> threw a hat on her and shirt and said, get out in the outfield. >> reporter: right field maybe at three? >> it was left field. she performed better than the boys.
so i was -- you know, she did pretty well. >> reporter: what's it like when you see her out there? >> well, you know, you know, you see so many girls try and they -- sorry, i can't. >> reporter: aw. touches your heart. >> you're fine. >> reporter: since 1989, only 14 women have played college baseball. in an effort to attract more girls to the diamond, justine siegel founded baseball for all. >> the mission is for all girls to be able to play baseball if that's what they want to do. too many girls are told that they shouldn't play, and i if you tel sdn ay base, what else will she think she can't do. >> reporter: more than 100,000 girls play youth baseball, but only a little more than 1,000 girls continue playing in high school. seigel is trying to change that by increasing opportunities for collegiate co-ed playing nationwide, and to add women's
baseball as its own ncaa sanctioned sport. >> we've reached out to more than 1,000 college coaches this year asking them to look at female recruits. what was the response like? >> oh, it was great. we have a growing list, over 130 schools saying please send me films, i have coaches begging me sometimes. we'd love to have a woman player who fits into our team. so we have a lot going on with what we like to call co-ed baseball. even if it's just one woman on the team. >> reporter: for jorge, she hopes one more girl in cleats at the college level can help break the glass ceiling they've been trying to smash since the 1940s. her favorite scene from "a league of their own" -- >> in the beginning, one girl got on the train, and she wouldn't leave withoutsister ♪ that w >> reporter: why? >> because it promotes more women to play baseball. but alsoik kit
not to get discouraged just because she didn't get picked at first. >> reporter: as more women start to play college baseball, what does it mean for the future of the game? >> i honestly hope we can get like a yet, b it's almost there for us. and i think the that play college baseball, the better, the more growth it adds to our program as women in baseball. >> reporter: she plans to study sports management this fall at college, and her long-term dream, as she mentioned, is to play in a professional women's league. this fall, baseball for all, they are launching a women's college club initiative. they're hoping it's just the next step in making women's college baseball an ncaa emerging sport. anthony? >> love to see that happen. toby, what do you think of her catching skills? >> i would agree with the coach. i mean, she's very good. you know, she's framing up the pitches. >> yeah. >> clearly got a good touch. you know, i don't think girls who have the ability to play should be denied that opportunity. i love the organization. >> yeah. >> she definitely seems to have the right moves. i didn't know there was a
difference between left field and right field in terms of -- i know it's different positions, that part i did know. i didn't know one is harder than the other. that's what i meant. >> its confidence on the part of dad who we saw tearing up. >> my favorite part. that was my favorite part of the story. and -- >> look where she is now. >> and the exchange between the two of them, too, the father and the daughter, was really nice. go, alexia. >> a great moment when the dad says "you go out there." >> and he cooperate get the words out. >> sweet. >> i know the feeling. >> i know you do. alexia, a big game changer. we like that. congrats. >> we'll be right back.
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