September 2, 2021

Biden's "Success" in Afghanistan: American Interpreter Trapped by Taliban

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Tuesday, Biden gave an address to the nation calling the withdrawal from Afghanistan an “extraordinary success”. Meanwhile, hundreds of Americans are still trapped in the country, including one American interpreter working with the US military who says she wasn’t told they were stopping evacuation flights. The interpreter reported that this is the most scared she’s ever been during her 14 years working with the military.

The Background: 
Biden continues to call his Afghanistan disaster an “extraordinary success.”

Americans certainly don’t think so. A Pew Research Center poll showed that 42% of Americans think the execution of the withdrawal was done poorly.

But that’s not the only person who thinks it was done poorly.

For American interpreter “Rachel” (pseudonym used for her safety), the withdrawal has left her in a life or death situation. 

Rachel says she was not even informed that the evacuation flights were ending and now has no way to get out of the country. Initially, she tried to get into the Kabul airport but was turned away.

She asked CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “If Americans could not help me when they were on the ground, how will they help me now when no one is here?”

Rachel is currently sheltering multiple people in her house for fear that the Taliban may hurt them.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues to shout that the withdrawal has been a success.

Notable Quotes: 

“I just can’t believe no one told me that this is the last flight.” - “Rachel,” American interpreter in Afghanistan

“The bottom line, 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave.” - President Joe Biden

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