There are many horrific consequences of President Joe Biden’s call to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The worst has been the abandonment and betrayal of some Americans.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted there may be as many as 1,500 Americans left stranded in Afghanistan as U.S. forces exit this month, the Daily Caller reported. So far, about 4,500 Americans have been safely evacuated though the remaining number wishing to leave is questionable.
“Over the past 24 hours, we’ve been in direct contact with approximately 500 additional Americans and provided specific instructions on how to get to the airport safely,” Blinken said Wednesday at a news briefing. “For the remaining roughly 1,000 contacts that we had who may be Americans seeking to leave Afghanistan, we’re aggressively reaching out to them multiple times a day through multiple channels of communication,” Blinken later continued.
“The number of Americans actively seeking to leave Afghanistan is lower, likely significantly lower,” Blinken later claimed. However, other estimates peg the number at over 4,000 but could certainly be much higher.
The administration has been reluctant to reveal the full scope of the crisis of getting people to safety. The Taliban said Tuesday that it will no longer allow Afghans to exit the country and they extend the Aug. 31 deadline either, CNN reported.
Still, the official line from Blinken was that evacuation would not be a challenge. “Our expectation, the expectation of the international community, is that people who want to leave Afghanistan after the US Military departs should be able to do so,” he said.
Even if it were true, that possibility is quickly vanishing as the area outside the Kabul airport was hit with two explosions Thursday, NBC News reported. The narrow window for a safe and swift evacuation coupled with these developments doesn’t bode well for Americans left behind.
Biden has made a horrible mess of the situation in Afghanistan, and it may cost some stranded Americans their lives and freedom as the Taliban takes over. The tragedy is still unfolding, but it’s likely that violence and oppression will overshadow the country once the American military is gone for good.