The White House has revealed signs that it has no plans to rescue all of the Americans trapped in Afghanistan and recognizes some will not escape.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan was asked, “If the mission is not complete by Aug. 31, and there are American and Afghan allies who remain there, will U.S. troops stay until everyone is out, or will they leave?”
Sullivan replied, “I’m not going to comment on hypotheticals. What I’m going to do is stay focused on the task at hand, which is getting as many people out, as rapidly as possible, and we will.”
Several thousand Americans remain in Afghanistan following an abrupt pullout of military personnel that led to the swift takeover of the nation by the Taliban.
A reported 6,000 U.S. troops have now been sent back into Afghanistan to help with those fleeing the country, both Americans and Afghan refugees.
The focus has been on control of the Kabul airport, though there are many concerns regarding travel to the airport from the city and other parts of the country.
The failed departure has led to widespread anger by Americans. After two decades of control in the nation behind the 9/11 attacks, Biden took just seven months to return Afghanistan to terrorists.