Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal is “furious” with the Biden administration for reportedly delaying Americans and Afghan allies desperately trying to get out of Afghanistan.
Blumenthal (D-CT) specifically used the word “stranded” when discussing the fate that has befallen hundreds in the Taliban-controlled nation, a term the administration has taken issue with previously.
“I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay and inaction,” he said in a statement Monday.
“There will be plenty of time to seek accountability for the inexcusable bureaucratic red tape that stranded so many of our Afghan allies,” continued Blumenthal.
“For now, my singular focus remains getting these planes in the air and safely to our airbase in Doha, where they have already been cleared to land.”
Blumenthal was responding to reports that planes with Americans on board were not being allowed to leave Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport outside Kabul by the Taliban.
Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, likened it to a hostage situation over the weekend.
“In fact we have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now,” McCaul said in an interview with Fox News.
McCaul has said the planes have been grounded “for the last couple of days.”
“We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange,” he added. “This is really … turning into a hostage situation where they’re not gonna allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby last week was rather dismissive when discussing the possibility of Americans having been stranded in Afghanistan.
“We have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time,” he shrugged in an interview with MSNBC.
Reports have surfaced indicating that there could “easily” be over a thousand California school children and their families still stuck in Afghanistan after being left behind by their government.
The furious Blumenthal went on to demand the Biden administration “do everything in their power” to bring home Americans who have been left behind.
“These are American citizens and Afghans who risked everything for our country,” he said. “We cannot leave them behind.”
Now is the time to support and share the sources you trust.
The Political Insider ranks #16 on Feedspot’s “Top 70 Conservative Political Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2021.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it will hear two separate challenges to the use…
I am a huge Trump supporter, indeed my support of a possible Trump presidential run…
As tensions in Eastern Europe continue to escalate, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Monday…
Slides from a presentation to teachers at a Fairfax County Public School in Virginia indicate…
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released operational statistics showing the worst December numbers at…
The latest poll by the Trafalgar Group shows Independents joining Republicans in calling for Doctor…