Amid justifiable outrage that an untold number of Americans were left behind following the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki shockingly doubled down on the decision to prevent charter flights now awaiting departure from that country – including those carrying U.S. citizens – from landing on our own military bases, as Fox News reports.
The administration’s main concern, according to Psaki, is that even though the aircraft currently attempting to leave Afghanistan may indeed contain Americans, the vetting of the passengers on the plans has been insufficient, and that any restrictions on their movement are the doing of the Taliban, not the U.S. government.
“We don’t have a role in preventing flights from taking off. We are not on the ground, so that is not something that the U.S. government is doing,” Psaki explained, adding, “At the same time, some of these planes and some of the issues [include] where are they going to land.”
The White House press secretary continued, stating that the planes in question “may have several hundred individuals where we don’t have manifests for them, we don’t know what the security protocols are for them, we don’t know what their documentation is.”
However, given the troubling details that continue to emerge about the thousands of Afghan refugees who were evacuated prior to the U.S. troop withdrawal, courtesy of the federal government, the worries expressed by Psaki on behalf of the administration regarding the need for comprehensive vetting ring rather hollow.
As CBS News has noted, a number of older, male Afghan refugees have reportedly arrived in the United States accompanied by young girls they claimed were their brides, leading to alarming allegations of sexual assault as well as human trafficking.
At the same time, Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) has raised red flags amid reports that heretofore unvetted Afghan refugees are essentially being given free reign of the Virginia military base to which they have been sent and have even been permitted to leave the grounds of the installation in Uber ride share cars, doing so unchallenged.
Aside from lax vetting of refugees for criminal activity, nefarious intent, or other threats to the homeland, it appears that the federal government is also failing to properly screen for serious disease among those being granted entry into the country, as measles have already been identified at Fort McCoy Army Base in Wisconsin, where thousands of those individuals have been temporarily placed, according to Fox News.
Considering that record numbers of unvetted migrants have been allowed to make their way across America’s southern border in recent months – with little more than a wink and nod from the Biden administration – it is clear that Psaki’s explanation for why Americans stranded in Afghanistan are being given the cold shoulder is anything but the truth.