Washington, D.C. — The damage being done to individual lives and families and America’s reputation by President Joe Biden’s abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan in August is still ongoing.
Biden was warned by Democrats and Republicans alike not to pull all U.S. military forces, diplomats and contractors out of Afghanistan or risk the entire country collapsing and the ruthless Taliban terrorist force taking over.
Biden was warned not to pull the Jenga stick out of the game.
But Biden refused to listen.
Refused to leave a stabilizing force in place.
Refused to make absolutely certain that no American citizens would be left behind enemy lines.
Refused to remove $86 billion in U.S. military hardware.
Refused to make absolutely certain that no Afghan allies or their families would be left behind enemy lines.
The damage to U.S. credibility in the world has been incalculable.
And now we learn that tens of thousands of Afghans who risked their lives to help the United States for so many years still live under Taliban control.
On Friday morning, Marc Thiessen, a conservative columnist for the Washington Post and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, tweeted out a screen shot of the front page of the Wall Street Journal, with this story circled in yellow. That’s how it came to my attention, and I’m both grateful and incensed that it did.
“More than 60,000 Afghan interpreters and others who have applied for visas to seek shelter in the U.S. after working alongside American forces still remain in Afghanistan, a State Department official said Thursday,” reports the Wall Street Journal this morning.
“About 33,000 Afghans, including principal applicants and their families, have already cleared the more-onerous vetting requirements and could be eligible for immediate evacuation,” the Journal reported. “This is the first time that the State Department has provided a number on those left behind since the Afghanistan government collapsed this summer.”
“A total of 62,000 Afghans are believed to have been left behind, the official said,” the story noted.
The Journal added that “Afghan visa applicants left behind are increasingly desperate to leave due to deteriorating economic conditions in the country.”
One Afghan man “who was approved for an evacuation flight that was scheduled to take place the week that Kabul collapsed in August, is among the thousands waiting for news of a flight. He has been hiding after working on sensitive projects alongside U.S. forces at the Afghan interior ministry.”
“We are jobless and the winter is coming. There is no food, or clear future,” he said in a telephone interview.
This is reprehensible.
This is not conduct becoming of the world’s only superpower.
President Biden and his team have a moral obligation to quickly evacuate and resettle people who helped us fight and win the war to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban, before Biden inexplicably and indefensibly surrendered.