How is this not an impeachable offense? Actively keeping American stranded behind enemy lines seems to be the most inexcusable act a member of the federal government can partake in. It will be hard for the Biden administration to recover from this one.
The U.S. State Department will not give official approval to any private evacuation flight from Afghanistan seeking to land in third countries, leaked emails show.
- “No independent charters are allowed to land at [Al Udeid Air Base], the military airbase you mentioned in your communication with Samantha Power,” a State Department official said in a Sept. 1 email to Eric Montalvo, who organized a number of charter flights out of Afghanistan.
- “In fact, no charters are allowed to land at a DoD base and most if not all countries in the Middle Eastern region, with the exception of perhaps Saudi Arabia will allow charters to land,” the department official wrote. “You need to find another destination country, and it can’t be the U.S. either.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday the department was working “around the clock” to to prevent any American citizens or green card holders from being evacuated from the region.
AMERICANS IN AFGHANISTAN: Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. is working around the clock to help the nearly 100 Americans still in Afghanistan who want to get out. @MarthaRaddatz reports as the Taliban appoints a caretaker government. https://t.co/PE8f8J2JIj pic.twitter.com/ob82cUHc4z
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) September 7, 2021
This, as we now know, is a bold faced lie.
The Biden administration has delayed private evacuation efforts while American citizens and Afghan allies remain trapped in Afghanistan, Fox News reported.
Biden promised “if there are American citizens left, we’re going to stay until we get them all out.”
He broke his promise.
Now, Secretary of State Blinken says it’s a “challenge” to evacuate Americans without “personnel on the ground.” pic.twitter.com/MEoNAztiO6
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 7, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki concurred, saying that while the administration is “in touch with American citizens directly, beyond that, we don’t have an assessment of manifests, what security protocols and measures are taken” at a press briefing Tuesday.
The department acknowledged in the leaked email that some host countries “may require” the U.S. to sign off on charter flights before accepting them, but that the department “will not provide an approval.”
Beyond security concerns, which can easily be mitigated, what could possibly be the reason Blinken’s State Department won’t provide an approval for private charters out of Kabul?
The email also made clear the department would offer “‘no objection’ to the destination country government via the U.S. Embassy in that country.”
Rick Clay, who runs a private rescue group called PlanB, said the State Department was making “excuses” and “not allowing any private charters carrying refugees [to] land anywhere.”
“If we can get aircraft in and pick up people and bring them out, why can’t we take them to Doha to the refugee center or other refugee centers?” Clay told Fox News. “This makes no sense.”
Indeed, it makes absolutely zero sense. One cannot even imagine the harrowing conditions American citizens are left to face in the hands of the Taliban. Why the Biden administration won’t send troops to rescue them is beyond the pale and the scope of what can imagine from leaders of the free world.
The American people must make the Biden administration – and the Democrats at large – pay for their crimes, and 2022 is the time to start making moves.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth