Twenty-four Sacramento-area students remain trapped in Afghanistan after the U.S. military’s departure on Monday, according to officials in one California school district.
“Our office has been in close contact with the San Juan Unified School District, and have urgently flagged the students’ information with the State Department and Department of Defense,” Sacramento Congressman Ami Bera’s communications director Travis Horne said in a statement, The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday.
“We have not received an update from the State Department or the DOD,” Horne added.
The State Department estimated around 200 Americans remaining in Afghanistan on Aug. 31. The Biden administration said all of the people left are those who choose not to leave at this time. **Insert eyeroll here** What they are NOT telling you of course is that these Americans are not willing to leave their families behind. The Biden administration has not granted special visas to their family members and therefore are not allowing them to flee with their family.
It’s appalling that 24 students from one school district in California are among those left behind, abandoned to the rule of the Taliban.
What is the Biden administration’s plan to rescue these students? There is no plan. Let that sink in for a moment. The Biden administration willingly left behind children to terrorists that are actively hunting down and killing Americans and any Afghan that helped us during the last 20 years.
Instead, what the Biden administration has is a crisis. Some are calling it a hostage situation. Though these students and other trapped Americans are not yet being directly held hostage, they are trapped in Afghanistan, are in hiding and are unable to escape.
One Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin attempted to fly to Afghanistan to help rescue Americans stuck in Afghanistan. Even with his status as a lawmaker, his efforts were repeatedly halted, and the success of his mission is still unknown.
“Am I extremely disappointed in how we (United States) left Americans behind… that would be an understatement. President Biden and his administration are absolutely lying to the American people about Americans and our friends being left behind,” Mullin said on Instagram.
Let’s unpack this. The Biden administration has failed so badly here and stonewalled even Congress on this that some people are using their own money and resources to fly to Afghanistan to try to rescue Americans. It’s sad that the only way an American lawmaker can even directly help stranded Americans in Afghanistan is to sneak away and hope to do something to help. There is zero support from the top. Instead, there is resistance from the Biden administration against anyone getting involved to rescue Americans in Afghanistan.
Biden has not only left Americans to the Taliban. He’s also rejecting efforts to rescue Americans. Maybe there’s some secret operation in the background happening the public doesn’t know about, but it didn’t have to be this way. Doesn’t even a basic look at the situation point toward getting civilians out first, then military equipment and then the military?
Instead, our commander-in-chief is serving as neither a commander or chief. He’s not answering questions, not rescuing Americans and is offering no plan to improve the situation.
What does he expect will happen to Americans remaining among the Taliban? Will they give Americans a going away party, complete with balloons and cake? Unlikely. They’ll be happy to escape alive, especially given recent reports of Taliban kill squads assassinating those who helped the Americans.
This is no longer just politics. This is about saving American lives. If Biden is not up to the task, he needs to get out of the way and let someone else do the job. If not, it’s only going to get worse.