President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan blunder is bad enough as it is, but making matters worse is another critically important piece of information that the press, and Americans in general, have the right to know. How many Americans are still on the ground?
According to Fox News, it has proven to be virtually impossible for reporters, or members of Congress, to find out exactly — or at least a ballpark figure — how many Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan. On Sunday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitted that Biden’s State Department has no idea how many Americans are still on the ground.
What’s going on?
It was during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union that Sullivan was, once again, pressed on the number of remaining Americans in the war-ravaged, Taliban-controlled country.
“We cannot give you a precise number,” Sullivan told host Brianna Keilar. “We believe it is several thousand Americans who we are working with now to try to get safely out of the country.”
Instead of providing even a remotely believable excuse as to why the U.S. State Department can’t determine how many citizens are still in Afghanistan, Sullivan laid the blame for the lack of that information on the very Americans who might be trapped.
“The reason we can’t give you a precise number is that we ask Americans, when they come to Afghanistan, to register with the embassy. Many come and do that, but then they leave and never deregister,” Sullivan said.
He added: “Many others come and don’t register at all. That is their right. It was their right, of course, to remain in Afghanistan as long as they wanted and it’s our responsibility to get them out.”
Pentagon also clueless
Pentagon spokesperson Admiral John Kirby admitted on Thursday, according to the New York Post, that his agency is also unsure of how many Americans could be stranded across Afghanistan.
When asked directly by reporters during a press briefing regarding the number of Americans left in the country, Kirby simply replied, “I don’t know.”
On Monday, one reporter pressed Kirby once again during a Pentagon press conference, going as far as to suggest that Kirby, for unknown reasons, could be giving the press “intentionally vague” answers on the number of remaining Americans. Kirby was quick to shut down the question.
REPORTER: “Were you being deliberately vague when you said the number of Americans [trapped in Afghanistan] was several thousand, or was it because you’re not sure of the number?”@PentagonPresSec: “I think I’m just going to leave it at several thousand right now.” pic.twitter.com/ehHEgmZtbf
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 23, 2021
Many find it very difficult to believe that the Pentagon, the U.S. State Department, or the White House can’t provide an answer to a relatively simple question. Because of that, skepticism of what’s really happening behind the scenes at the top levels of U.S. government continues to grow.