“A defense official said he grew nauseated as he considered how many Afghan allies would be left behind.”
President Joe Biden ticked off everyone when he caved to the Taliban and chose to stick with the August 31 withdrawal deadline. People are talking to the press to vent their frustration over Biden’s incompetency.
That means the U.S. will leave behind many Afghans who helped our military during the 20-year war.
NBC News divulged the frustrations:
“People are furious and disgusted,” said a former U.S. intelligence official who declined to be quoted by name. A defense official said he grew nauseated as he considered how many Afghan allies would be left behind.
At the CIA, “officers feel a real sense of obligation, moral obligation and personal obligation” to the Afghans they supported and trained, said former CIA Director John Brennan, an NBC News national security consultant.
However, a senior administration official said the government would continue to evacuate vulnerable Afghans after the military leaves on August 31: “This will remain an around-the-clock, 24/7 effort, both to get those who wish to leave out of Afghanistan and then to continue processing paperwork so Afghans at risk can continue on to the U.S. and to other nations for permanent resettlement.”
Military officials corroborated the senior official. They will do what they can “for as long as they can” to get people out of Afghanistan.
The official did not say how this will happen. The Taliban stated they would not give the U.S. an extension. The U.S. will also face the consequences if we do not meet the deadline.
Who do we blame? Everyone is pointing fingers at…everyone:
Two senior Department of Homeland Security officials familiar with internal administration discussions expressed anger at the State Department for not having acted sooner to ramp up the vetting of Special Immigrant Visa applicants.
A spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, which is part of DHS, said it is conducting biometric and biographical screening and vetting of Afghans in coordination with other agencies.
One of the DHS officials said their State Department counterparts didn’t act sooner because they were hesitant to start a mass evacuation before the Afghan president left, worried that it would show a lack of confidence in Afghan leadership.
This part confuses me: “There has also been continued frustration that some U.S. government databases weren’t immediately compatible between agencies.”
How is that possible?
Therefore, the vetting process has slowed down in Qatar. CBP wants to have 42 people in Doha between Saturday and Tuesday.
Of course, people blame President Donald Trump. State Department dragged Congress across the floor:
Asked why more vulnerable Afghan citizens hadn’t finished the Special Immigrant Visa process sooner, the State Department has pointed fingers at the Trump administration, noting that the agency under Biden started with a backlog of more than 17,000 applicants. State Department officials have also blamed the complex 14-step process mandated by Congress, which was only further complicated by the Covid pandemic and Covid outbreaks at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
“The Biden administration has demonstrated, in the face of significant challenges, its sacrosanct commitment to the thousands of brave Afghans who have stood-by-side with the United States over the course of the past two decades,” a State Department spokesperson said.
The non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan cannot believe that American citizens have done more for Afghan citizens than the U.S. government. A leader of one NGO said it shows “the failure of the U.S. that private citizens are having to step in to do what the government with all its billions and trillions has failed to do.”
Thank you for making my libertarian argument!!
Why Trump or Biden ever thought they could negotiate any peace with the Taliban boggles my mind.
I thought it was silly Trump “negotiated” with the Taliban. You cannot negotiate with a terrorist group. It’s impossible.
Biden blames Trump, but I have news for him. You’re president now, bro!
The old man had over seven months to script a plan. Biden never had one because he thought it was unlikely the Taliban would take over Afghanistan.
The military did not even have a plan in case a quick Taliban takeover took place. They all claim no one saw it coming.
It does not help that Biden continues to act like everything is sunshine and rainbows in Afghanistan. Everything this just fine and dandy!
Biden sure sounds like he wants to play footsy with the Taliba because, man, he relies on them for everything.
We have not learned from Korea, Vietnam, and the numerous South American countries we infiltrated in the old days.
Remember when former President Barack Obama sent Iran buckets of money in the middle of the night? Why couldn’t Biden’s administration do that with people starting in February?
We know it can be done. CIA Director William Burns took a secret trip to negotiate with the Taliban. We just found out two congressmen took a trip to Kabul.
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