Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, shared his horror of the Biden Administration’s decision to leave Americans and allies in Afghanistan. Blumenthal’s public comments further demonstrate the bipartisan condemnation of Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops in Afghanistan without guaranteeing the safety of U.S. citizens. Meanwhile, some Americans are still reportedly unable to leave the region.
Americans are increasingly voicing their disapproval of the sitting president and his choices regarding foreign policy and caring for U.S. citizens. Even Democrats are declaring their condemnation of Biden and his choices.
“I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay & inaction,” tweeted Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “There will be plenty of time to seek accountability for the inexcusable bureaucratic red tape that stranded so many of our Afghan allies,” he added.
The State Department has taken credit for multiple groups of Americans that have been extracted from Afghanistan. However, successful evacuations have resulted primarily from the work of congressional offices, according to Blumenthal.
“My staff & I have worked night & day to secure the safe passage of two planes waiting in Mazar-e Sharif to take American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies, & their families to safety,” Blumenthal stated. “My office joined forces in this humanitarian mission with an incredible coalition of advocates—NGOs, former service members, & journalists—to try & evacuate our fellow citizens & Afghan allies.”
“I haven’t yet spoken publicly about these efforts because we worried that heightened attention would only escalate tensions & put these people at even greater risk of being targeted,” he added.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said that the Taliban has been holding Americans hostage at the airport in Kabul. “They’ve sat at the airport for the last couple of days, these planes, and they’re not allowed to leave,” he stated. “We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange. This is really … turning into a hostage situation where they’re not going to allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America.”
“I expect the White House & State Department to do everything in their power—absolutely everything—to make this happen...These are Americans citizens & Afghans who risked everything for our country. We cannot leave them behind.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)