Evacuation efforts continue in Afghanistan, but sadly these dedicated men and women are dealing with a White House that is now signaling that no, not all Americans are going to be rescued by the self-imposed deadline of August 31st.
“Would this trigger a diplomatic, military, all-hands-on-deck-type thing to get that person out, whatever the date?” a reporter asked.
“Our commitment continues to be to U.S. citizens: If they want to leave, we will help get them out,” Psaki responded.
Here is the crux of the matter: apparently, after Jen Psaki was asked if this means that this administration is going to act beyond the August 31st deadline, Psaki admitted that no, they weren’t going to act beyond that date and that yes, there could very be some Americans that are stranded in Afghanistan. That’s stranded with a capital “S”, folks.
“Again, we expect there could be some, but I don’t — I’m not going to get into it further,” she said. Yeah, we’ll just have to “circle back” to that later, but I digress.
Naturally, the congressmen are now being criticized for the trip because they did it without Nancy Pelosi’s approval. However, these two gentlemen said they did it because they wanted to employ some “congressional oversight” and Moulton said afterward that this evacuation is going to take much longer than Biden has claimed. This could be the return of Jimmy Carter, folks.
“We came into this visit wanting, like most veterans, to push the president to extend the August 31st deadline. After talking with commanders on the ground and seeing the situation here, it is obvious that because we started the evacuation so late, that no matter what we do, we won’t get everyone out on time, even by September 11,” Moulton explained. “Sadly and frustratingly, getting our people out depends on maintaining the current, bizarre relationship with the Taliban.”
Moulton’s observation is directly contradicting President Biden, who is still claiming that the United States is going to be able to meet that August 31st deadline. I’m not convinced, nor is the majority of the rest of America either.
Also the U.S. Embassy has now published an alert to Americans in Afghanistan on Tuesday that they were going to be responsible for their own departure if they failed to respond to a “final message.”
“THIS IS THE FINAL MESSAGE FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WISH TO DEPART KABUL. American citizens who choose to remain in Afghanistan should be prepared to arrange their own departure without assistance from the U.S. government,” the alert read.
How many Americans are still in Afghanistan?
The Pentagon said on Wednesday that more than 4,000 Americans had been evacuated since August 14th; that’s all well and good but that number only accounts for just 5% of all people who were evacuated from Afghanistan since this crisis began. There have been 80,000 individuals evacuated in total, but there are still plenty left behind. Some estimates place it at 15,000; others have it as low as 12,000. Either way, even one American left in Afghanistan with the bloodthirsty Taliban in control is one too many.
In conclusion, let’s do some math here: let’s say that there are 10,000 Americans left in Afghanistan, and that’s being generous. At the time of the writing of this piece, it is August 25th. That means that Biden has to evacuate just over 1,700 per day to get all of the Americans out by the 31st. Seems a bit of a stretch considering the track record of this president.
The Taliban are not even considering agreeing to a deadline extension.