Four busloads of Americans, Afghan allies, green card holders, persecuted Christians, and an estimated 300 orphans were denied evacuation from Afghanistan during the U.S. withdrawal last year from the Central Asian nation.
As a result, the four busloads of people are most likely dead, according to MMA fighter turned U.S. Army Special Forces soldier Tim Kennedy.
Kennedy witnessed the rejection firsthand.
In a newly released Amazon Prime documentary called “Send Me,” which can currently be watched for free here, he described exactly what happened.
“[We] asked if people holding up blue passports and SIVs could get through. He answered, ‘No, I don’t care who they are. Those people get back on those buses, and they go back into Kabul.’ … He just makes the call. ‘Turn everybody around. Put everybody back out. I don’t care who they are,’” Kennedy said.
“There’s not enough capacity in my soul to be able to mourn four busloads of people that are about to die because the time spent on anguish and mourning could have been spent saving other people.”
Released this month, “Send Me” tells the story of how 12 Americans — including Kennedy, Nick Palmisciano, Dave Johnson, Chad Robichaux, and a guy known only as Seaspray — voluntarily traveled to Afghanistan to try to save the lives that the Biden administration was ignoring.
“In the final days of the Afghanistan War, 12 veterans fly to the Middle East and spend the next ten days evacuating as many American citizens, permanent residents, and special immigrant visa holder Afghan refugees as possible before they, and the Americans and Afghans who served alongside them for years, run out of time,” the movie’s Amazon synopsis reads.
“These men knew the clock was ticking and that the United States Government was going to cease evacuations on 31 August, so the entire team, led by three ground team members that were going ‘outside the wire’ to save those who needed help.”
The “he” mentioned by Kennedy was an unnamed colonel.
The colonel rejected the four busloads of people despite all of them having reportedly been properly screened and, more importantly, promised entry into the U.S.
“Whoever just made the decision to turn this bus around essentially just killed — just murdered — these people. And by the way, some of those people are children. And some of these people were women. But some of these people are Americans that we just sent back to the Taliban,” Robichaux said of the colonel’s decision.
Watching “Send Me” on Amazon Prime tonight. It’s incredibly detailed, raw and revelatory in describing the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan and the back doors used for some rescues.
Well done, @Ranger_Up, @sarah_verardo, @TimKennedyMMA, @ChadRobo etc. pic.twitter.com/LgH7PY0jGL
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) August 28, 2022
The team tried to convince the colonel, but nothing worked.
“We had the appeal of, ‘These lists have been verified. They have been searched by US Marines. They weren’t carrying anything. Their bags had already gone through. They’ve been patted down. Documents have been verified.’ We had all of that proof,” Seaspray said.
Yet none of it was enough.
“The group would then begin to desperately plea with the officer, who refused to make any concessions to the group, including just accepting those with American passports or those related to American citizens — all while the passengers waited desperately outside the gate, off the bus,” according to the Daily Mail.
Some of them appear to believe he may have been on a power trip.
“[He] came out and wanted to show that, essentially, he was the one that can decide whether or not somebody could get on a plane or not,” Seaspray explained.
“He thought, ‘This is some f***in guy that’s just showing up in Afghanistan, running seven buses in, you know – f**k this guy, I want to kick him out,'” he added, saying he heard the colonel sarcastically remark, “This isn’t the Tim Kennedy show.”
“He’s like … ‘It’s my decision. It’s a command,'” Kennedy said.
The rejection occurred on Aug. 25th, only days before the final batch of Biden-left U.S. troops left Afghanistan, leaving remaining Americans and Afghan allies trapped.
“And at gunpoint, they pushed Americans, orphans, visa holders, back into buses, and forced them ack off base knowing that we were already rebaring and cementing the main gates closed, knowing that we’re going to leave soon, knowing that if you push those people back of the base, it was a high probability that they would not ever get on a plane,” Seaspray said of the four busloads of evacuees.
One year after the Afghanistan withdrawal @TimKennedyMMA reacts to the aftermath. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/BR05gELjCy
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) August 17, 2022
“These were people that fought and had their relatives die for us. They lost their limbs for us. They lost their adult lives and youth and their innocence for us,” Kennedy said of the abandoned Afghan allies and orphans.
“Yes, they’re fighting for Afghanistan. Yes, they’re fighting for their people – but they are fighting with us. That’s who – that’s who we’re trying to save here,” he added.
To this day, it’s unclear how many Americans and Afghan allies were left trapped in Afghanistan by the Biden administration.
Meanwhile, the fate of the four busloads of people remains unknown, though the honest expectation is that they’re all dead …
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