Cooper: A view of the end of the Afghanistan mission from from a Marine who was there

AP photo/Sgt. Samuel Ruiz / Families walk toward their flight during ongoing evacuations at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week.

It was 11 years ago this month that Marine bomb technician Joey Jones, who grew up in Dalton, Ga., took a breather from hunting for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a small market in Safar, Afghanistan.

The breather over, he readjusted his gear on his back, took one step away from a wall where he'd been standing and landed on an IED. The blast ripped away his legs from above his knees, mangled one arm and critically injured a colleague, who later died.

With the Aug. 31 final withdrawal of U.S. personnel from Afghanistan next week, Jones, now a Fox Nation host and Fox News contributor, will be forced to associate the same month of his devastating injury with the botched, ignominious end of the U.S. mission in the country.

Much ink has been spilled on this page by national columnists on the mistakes the Biden administration has made of the circumstances surrounding the end of the mission, the shame of leaving loyal Afghans and U.S.