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Joe Biden and his defense secretary Lloyd Austin have zero respect for the American people who are demanding the truth about the current state of affairs related to the evacuation of US citizens from Afghanistan. Instead of answering questions by the softball media honestly, they are either outright lying or they are changing the subject.
On Friday President Joe Biden was asked by ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos if he would “sign off” on sending US troops to Kabul to evacuate Americans who are unable to get to the Kabul Airport safely? Biden’s response was to lie: “We have no indication that they haven’t been able to get in Kabul through the airport,” he said.
.@sramosABC: “Will you sign off on sending troops into Kabul to evacuate Americans who haven’t been able to get to the airport safely?
BIDEN: “We have no indication that they haven’t been able to get in Kabul through the airport. We’ve made an agreement with the Taliban…” pic.twitter.com/KPdOGw9JkM
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 20, 2021
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz interviewed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Sunday where she asked him why U.S. forces can’t go out into Kabul to “help those Americans, help those Afghans who helped Americans get to the airport?”
“We have been out,” Austin said, pointing to the helicopters that helped evacuate 169 American citizens from a hotel near the airport.
Raddatz again asked, “You’ve got tens of thousands of people out there desperate to get to the airport, surrounded by the Taliban, so why can’t the U.S. send convoys out there?”
“If you have an American passport, and if you have the right credentials, the Taliban has been allowing people to pass safely through,” Austin responded.
“Not in all cases,” Raddatz remarked.
“There’s no such thing as an absolute in this kind of environment, as you would imagine, Martha,” Austin said. “There have been incidents of people having some tough encounters with Taliban. As we learn about those incidents, we certainly go back and engage the Taliban leadership and press home to them that our expectation is that they allow our people with the appropriate credentials to get through the checkpoints.”
ABC’s Martha Raddatz fact checks Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after he falsely claims the Taliban is allowing all Americans into the Kabul airport. pic.twitter.com/TTemY4cnBL
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 22, 2021
Recent reports reveal that at least 20 people have died outside of the Kabul Airport, some have been shot, some died of dehydration in the scorching heat, many have been crushed by the crowd pushing to get into the airport.
The scene at Kabul airport several hours ago per source from an NGO who is trying to get people out. Main problem is that it’s impossible to pass the gates and get to the planes even if you are on an evacuees list pic.twitter.com/b3bZn5B34Z
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 21, 2021
Now, Damaging US cables reveal staff working at the American Embassy in Kabul are ‘deeply disheartened’ by the Biden Administration’s withdrawal, with some even saying “it would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet” than attempt to flee to safety.
The Daily Mail reports – The jarring statement was part of a diplomatic cable from Afghan US Embassy staff, who said they’ve been separated from their children, according to NBC News, which obtained the message.
‘Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride,’ another embassy staffer said, while a third accused the U.S. of prioritizing Afghan government elites with vast wealth and the connections to safely flee.
Another message sent via cable shared the horror would-be evacuees were met with when they arrived at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport. Staff were warned to prepare for ‘difficult conditions,’ with the cable adding: ‘However, no one anticipated the brutal experience that occurred.’
Disturbingly, one Afghan embassy staffer revealed his home had been vandalized with spray paint, in what he fears was a marking left by a Taliban fighter to flag the property up for a future visit.
The cables were exposed after it was revealed around 300 Afghans asked to get out of Kabul airport and return to their Taliban-run cities because the conditions have spiraled out of control, a State Department official said.
Temperatures have been between 85 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit around the airport – essentially a dustbowl – nearly every day as the desperate mob of tens of thousands of people with young kids try to save their families from Taliban attacks, stampedes or being crushed against the airport gates.
US troops are doing what they can to help US civilians and their Afghan allies prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion, with items like water bottles in short supply and needing to be rationed out.
President Joe Biden said during a Sunday press briefing that about 11,000 people have been evacuated in the last 36 hours, but at least seven people have been crushed to death, including a two-year-old child.
And now terrorist threats – particularly from the local affiliate of ISIS, which are enemies of both the U.S. and the Taliban – are making the evacuation more complicated, the scene tenser and ramping up the urgency to get people out of the country.
There’s concern that ISIS leaders see this as an opportunity to kill Americans while challenging the Taliban for control of Afghanistan.
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