President Joe Biden inherited a stable Afghanistan, but it wouldn’t last with his poor decision-making. Now some say he’s continuing to make things even worse in the aftermath.
Lobbyist Robert Stryk and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) say the Biden administration has hindered the evacuations from Afghanistan they’re arranging privately, the Daily Caller reported. In an exclusive to the news outlet, Taylor described the situation as “frustrating” and “a massive f— up.”
Stryk, who has extensive experience as a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist paid by the Afghanistan government to facilitate relations with the U.S., had contacted the administration on “dozens and dozens” of times about helping with the evacuation. Though his request was acknowledged, nothing further was done about it.
“The Brits and South Africans have been f—ing awesome and heroic in getting people through the Mil Gate,” Stryk said Monday to the Daily Caller News Foundation. The U.K. has indeed gone so far as sending troops in to aid the evacuation of its citizens, the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has relied heavily on only evacuating whoever makes it to the airport even as it was Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan that created the situation in the first place. “What I am witnessing every day is the very best and the very worst of America,” Stryk said.
“I have seen the humanity of private citizens who are contacting me and pledging their time, monies, and in some cases their lives to bring our citizens and these Afghan patriots out of harm’s way, while at the time personally experiencing the Biden administration’s abject failure to protect its citizens and those Afghans that fought and worked alongside of us,” he said. “It’s morally reprehensible,” Stryk added. “It’s been the U.S. private sector who has stepped in to save the blood and treasure the Biden administration is leaving behind.”
Taylor similarly was moved to facilitate private evacuations and has similarly criticized the U.S. government’s overall response. “The South Africans, the Brits, the Qataris, their ambassadors have been getting safe passage for people to the airport,” Taylor said. “I can’t get ahold of anybody,” he added.
“I understand that our country may be trying to control everything or maintain it, but in doing so, they’re impeding things,” Taylor charged. “And people are desperate and people are gonna die. People will die the longer this goes out, it’s just gonna happen,” he said.
We’re only beginning to peel away the many layers to this debacle and human tragedy that Biden created. What’s worse, it looks like the administration is also thwarting the private efforts to get Americans out of harm’s way even as the government fails to do so itself.