It’s quite difficult — and sad — to imagine an America led by a president who leaves United States citizens stranded in a country controlled by a barbaric, brutal terrorist regime. Yet, here we are.
According to Fox News, not only are there still potentially hundreds of Americans essentially trapped in Afghanistan, but according to the leaders of several privately-funded rescue groups, President Joe Biden’s State Department is reportedly blocking privately-chartered evacuation flights — with Americans on board — from leaving the country.
What’s going on?
A number of private rescue groups, who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to evacuate American citizens, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, and their families, are expressing frustration over what appears to be red tape issues in allowing flights to take off from the airport in Kabul.
Rick Clay, who leads a group known as PlanB, relayed to Fox News that the only reason flights full of Americans aren’t leaving the tarmac in Kabul is because of State Department issues.
Other individuals, who spoke to Fox News anonymously, charged the Biden administration with having more blood on its hands if anything happens to the Americans desperately waiting to escape the Taliban-controlled country.
“This is zero place to be negotiating with American lives. Those are our people standing on the tarmac and all it takes is a f—ing phone call,” one of the anonymous individuals reportedly said.
That individual added: “If one life is lost as a result of this, the blood is on the White House’s hands. The blood is on their hands. It is not the Taliban that is holding this up – as much as it sickens me to say that – it is the United States government.”
“This makes no sense”
Clay described to Fox News the situation on the ground, saying that the State Department “is not allowing any private charters carrying refugees [to] land anywhere,” adding that State Department officials continue to make excuses as to why jets coming out of Afghanistan can’t land at the designated processing facilities, such as the primary center in Doha, Qatar.
“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 said. “This makes no sense.”
Clay, and other private rescue groups, have had to rely on members of Congress to pull the strings necessary to get things moving, though there’s only so much even sitting lawmakers and senators can do.
While the rescue group coordinators unnecessarily fight with the U.S. government to rescue its own citizens, the threat of unthinkable actions by the Taliban and other terrorist groups grows by the minute.
It’s not a stretch to say that if former President Donald Trump was still in the White House, it’s guaranteed that he would have personally cut through any red tape if it meant rescuing Americans.