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Only two days ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined Democrats and their allies in the media to falsely spin their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan as a success.
Blinken tweeted about America’s “new chapter” of engagement with Afghanistan, claiming the US will “lead with our diplomacy.”
U.S. military flights have ended and our troops have departed Afghanistan. A new chapter of America’s engagement with Afghanistan has begun. It’s one in which we will lead with our diplomacy.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) August 31, 2021
How do all of the Afghan allies feel, who were left behind by the Biden regime? Tens of thousands of Afghan allies desperately tried to evacuate from the Kabul airport but were beaten, rejected, and even killed in front of their homes. These people who bravely risked their lives to aid our US troops in their war against terror have been discarded and left behind by a callous and unprepared regime.
The Washington Examiner reports about the Afghan allies who were left behind – Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team believes that “the majority” of Afghan nationals who worked with the U.S. government were left behind due to the difficulty of identifying Americans and eligible Afghans in the midst of a hectic and dangerous evacuation effort from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“It involved some really painful trade-offs and choices for everyone involved,” a senior State Department official told reporters Wednesday. “Everybody who lived it is haunted by the choices we had to make and by the people we were not able to help depart in this first phase of the operation.”
Blinken’s team has emphasized that “many thousands” of Afghans who worked with American and allied forces were evacuated. But U.S. officials are uncertain about how many of those people, who would be eligible for special issuance visas, remain in the country despite a massive evacuation effort that was complicated by the presence of the Taliban in the city, the threat of terrorist attacks, and even the danger of “mob violence” at the perimeter of the airport.
“Those crowds that were outside the access points were on the verge of flipping to a mob at any given moment of any given day,” the senior State Department official said. “And the more that we and other nations went out and tried to pull individuals out of that undifferentiated crowd and bring them in, the closer to mob violence we came, every time.”
“We had an enormous pool of people we were trying to help, and on the other end, we had substantial capacity … to take those people off the ground from the airport in Kabul,” the official said. “But in between those two big pools, we had very limited access points to move that targeted population, but still an enormous population of people, safely and sustainably onto the airfield so we could get them on planes going out.”
In fact, State Department officials don’t know how many ineligible Afghan citizens managed to slip into the airport and obtain a seat on one of the evacuation planes. “I don’t have good data for you on that,” a senior official acknowledged.
Earlier today, Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) joined Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) introduced a well-deserved article of impeachment against Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
This action is in direct response to predictable, yet egregiously inexcusable failures of planning, execution, and leadership in Afghanistan that have led to the loss of American lives, endangered countless other American and allied lives, and set a horrible precedent on the international stage. Secretary of State Blinken
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 1, 2021
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