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Top Biden administration officials revealed during a briefing Saturday that only 2,500 out of an estimated 15,000+ Americans trapped in Afghanistan were rescued last week.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, it was also revealed that a total of 17,000 people were rescued from Afghanistan, meaning that the administration rescued more Afghans than Americans.
New from Pentagon: Approximately 17,000 people have been evacuated so far from #Kabul, including 2,500 Americans. #Afghanistan @FwrdAxis
— Stephen Michael (@stephenreports) August 21, 2021
While “All Lives Matter,” American lives typically matter more when it comes to foreign operations by the U.S. military. Or at least they should, critics argue.
How about “Americans first”
— Chief Hamburg (@ChiefHamburg) August 22, 2021
Shouldn’t American citizens be 1st priority
— Joe M. (@JoeMayn81346390) August 22, 2021
Out of 17,000 people flown out of Afghanistan, only 2,500 are Americans!!!
— Facts-first (@Factsfirst16) August 22, 2021
Out of the 17,000 people evacuated out of Kabul, only 2,500 were Afghans. Sounds like Biden does have Americans first in his priorities.
— Mish Mosh (@skeletonarmy66) August 22, 2021
I am worried about this administration’s inverted priorities, just like the order in which they try to exit Afghanistan. In the past week 17,000 people were evacuated but only 2,500 were Americans. Do Afghans have priority? I say, AMERICA FIRST!
— The Growling Panther (@growlingpanther) August 22, 2021
I’m much more worried about the Americans stuck there. We’ve evacuated over 17,000 and only 2,500 are Americans. We need to focus on our own people first
— Paulette (@divingnomad) August 21, 2021
Only 2,500 American nationals evacuated as compared to 17,000 Afghans? WTH. The US government has the duty to evacuate its own citizens first. Otherwise, they can become hostages of the Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda. Not good. Once Americans are out, then do the Afghans and others. https://t.co/IxXqfTgeVX
— 🎚K.J. Pritchard 🇺🇸America First (@KJPritchard4) August 21, 2021
It’s possible that more Afghans have reached the airport in Kabul than Americans. Multiple reports have emerged of Americans being blocked from the airport — and sometimes even beaten — by the Taliban.
However, this wouldn’t be a valid excuse, because the administration has willfully chosen to not deploy expedition crews to search for and retrieve Americans. As a result, other nations have had to pick up its slack, according to former Trump-era Deputy National Advisor Matt Pottinger.
For instance, the Qataris “have in some cases — at the risk of the lives of their own diplomats — have been arranging for Americans and students, journalists, Afghan staff who have been working at the American University of Kabul, for example, and they’ve been escorting, creating safe passage and escorting those people onto the airbase and then flying them out to safety,” he explained last week on Fox News.
The Brits have been doing something similar.
“The United Kingdom right now, I know that they’re running patrols into Kabul to get British citizens, Afghans, in some cases Americans that they encounter and helping bring them to safety,” according to Pottinger.
British soldiers rescuing US citizens as Biden spox shrugs, ‘I don’t know’ number of Americans trapped https://t.co/XNomrUEAAy
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 20, 2021
The administration did finally conduct one extremely brief expedition mission, according to Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby.
On either Wednesday or Thursday of last week, U.S. troops left the international airport in Kabul to retrieve a group of 169 Americans who were “very close to to the perimeter of the airport,” Kirby said during a briefing Friday.
The announcement prompted a reporter to ask whether the administration might consider “going further beyond the perimeter” to retrieve more Americans, but the DoD spokesperson refused to “speculate.”
He said only that right now “the main focus is on security at the airport and making sure that … air operations resume and continue as unimpeded as possible.”
Fast-moving US troops were able to rescue at least 169 Americans from Kabul airport https://t.co/dpy3SbZhOk pic.twitter.com/LbYDJhwxa1
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 22, 2021
So that would be a no. In fact, by Sunday no other expeditions had been reported.
Meanwhile, neither Biden nor his top officials have committed to rescuing EVERY American.
“We’re going to work that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we’re gonna get everyone that we can possibly evacuate, evacuated. And I’ll do that as long as we possibly can — until the clock runs out or we run out of capability,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said last Wednesday.
Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says they’ll only evacuate stranded Americans “until the clock runs out” pic.twitter.com/gcwAkafELa
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 18, 2021
Asked during a briefing Friday whether the administration’s lackluster evacuation efforts will even continue past the Aug. 31st withdrawal date, the president refused to commit, saying only that “we are going to make that judgment as we go.”
He was also asked why he doesn’t — at the very least — expand the U.S. military’s perimeter around the airport in Kabul.
“[T]he reason why we have not gone out and started and set up a perimeter way outside of the airport in Kabul is that it’s likely to draw an awful lot of unintended consequences. … We’ve been in constant contact with the Taliban leadership on the ground in Kabul, as well as the Taliban leadership at Dalai. And we’ve been coordinating what we’re doing,” he responded.
“We’ve been in constant contact with the Taliban leadership on the ground in Kabul… [and] Doha. And we’ve been coordinating what we’re doing,” President Biden says, when asked why U.S. military hasn’t expanded security perimeter around Kabul airport. pic.twitter.com/d3EuRg2C2T
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 20, 2021
It sounded as if he was saying that he was afraid of upsetting the Taliban. It’d certainly fit with the strategy he’s employed throughout this whole ordeal: appeasement and capitulation.
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