As President Joe Biden continues to vacation at Camp David, there are tens of thousands of American citizens still stranded in Afghanistan, with no guarantee that help is coming.
Numerous media reports have estimated that there are between 10,000 to 40,000 Americans still in the Taliban hotspot that need to be rescued.
“An administration official who was not authorized to speak on the record told me that there are an estimated 10,000 U.S. citizens in the country, with the vast majority in or near Kabul. Some are residents, journalists or aid workers who may not want to leave,” reported Josh Rogin, in the Washington Post.
Thousands of U.S. citizens are trapped in Kabul with no ability to get to the airport. As Taliban soldiers go door to door, searching for Westerners, these U.S. citizens are now reaching out to Washington for help. https://t.co/0DfEcbrPyt
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 16, 2021
“Most are scrambling to escape. Some are dual nationals or children of Americans who may not have the proper passport or visas, but the State Department has not told them how to fix their paperwork,” he added.
This is truly sad...there are Americans in dire need of rescue, facing certain death if they aren’t, and yet sleepy Joe barely even knows what day it is.
WOW -- look at the scene outside of the Kabul airport! Keep in mind there are still an estimated 10,000 Americans in Afghanistan (WaPo)... https://t.co/VCEVOh1w0w
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 17, 2021
The Daily Mail reported 40,000 Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, while a White House official reported only 700 Americans will be evacuated Tuesday. Monday saw 150 Americans evacuated, a Newsy reporter tweeted:
President Joe Biden has drawn criticism from his own military officials he “waited too long” to begin evacuating American assets before completely withdrawing from Afghanistan.
“We could have done a lot more to help. The administration waited too long,” a military official told Reuters. “Every decision has come too late and in reaction to events that make the subsequent decision obsolete.”
“The source and another U.S. official told Reuters that the administration so badly misjudged the situation that the State Department flew a regular rotation of diplomats into Kabul last Tuesday even as the Taliban advanced toward the capital,” Reuters added.
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