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Don't forget about the Americans and Afghan allies that Biden abandoned

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/27/2021 Zachary Faria
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While President Joe Biden may have moved on to focusing on his domestic agenda, it can’t be ignored that there are still American citizens and lawful permanent residents stranded in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The administration touted that it had evacuated more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan, which led to Biden and White House chief of staff Ron Klain comparing it to the Berlin airlift. That boasting ignores the fact that Americans were still left behind in the hasty retreat that resulted from Biden’s terribly planned withdrawal. Nor did it account for the fact that a majority of Afghans who worked for the U.S. and applied for special immigrant visas were left behind.

According to a senior State Department official, there are still about 100 American citizens and lawful permanent residents stranded in Afghanistan who are trying to flee. Klain had said that “around 100” were still trying to leave back on Sept. 5. The fact that that number has remained the same for a month and has been contradicted by Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggests the administration is still interested in downplaying the disaster to avoid talking about it.

Meanwhile, the Taliban are still the Taliban. They have announced that they will be bringing back hand amputations and executions. The Taliban had been executing our Afghan allies before the last American plane departed. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin acknowledged that Americans had been beaten by the Taliban while trying to flee to the airport in Kabul. That was while American troops were still in the country. Now, they are on their own.

But Biden has moved on, focused now on his spending plans that are on the verge of collapsing. Many in the media have moved on as well. But those Americans and American allies are still stranded in a country that is being run by a group of anti-American terrorist thugs. And they are stranded there because Biden botched every step of the withdrawal.

Those Americans and lawful permanent residents have been abandoned by Biden, but they should not be forgotten. Biden left them to fend for themselves, relying on private charter flights. Biden should be reminded of that every day of his presidency.

 

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Tags: Beltway Confidential, Opinion, Afghanistan, Taliban, Ron Klain, Joe Biden

Original Author: Zachary Faria

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