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0741, 07 Jul 21

Biden Administration is Abandoning Afghan Allies

This is a travesty and a stain on America. We must protect those who protected us.

Rep Seth Moulton, D-Mass., spoke at a rally on Friday to demand presidential action for American’s Afghan allies, such as interpreters who took great risks to help American troops and now are being left behind as U.S. military forces withdraw from the country.

 

Standing in Lafayette Square in front the White House, Moulton, a former Marine officer with multiple combat tours, said, “I want to thank veterans all across America, veterans of different political parties and different wars, who are coming together today and reminding Americans that we have a promise to uphold.”

 

The rally came one week after the New York Times reported that the Biden administration was notifying lawmakers that the U.S. would soon begin relocating thousands of Afghan allies to third countries while they await processing for their special immigrant visas. However, congressional members on both sides of the aisle have yet to receive details.

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0741, 07 July 2021

5 Comments

  1. Mar

    Even though President Trump started the withdrawal, Senile Joe owns it.
    Abandoning the base without warning then having the airbase looted right afterwards, well, that’s on Senile Joe and company.
    And when the Taliban takes over, well, that’ll be on Senile Joe, even if he isn’t aware of what happened.

  2. Merlin

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in the Afghan telling of events. Two super power benefactors and several decades later they still refuse to stand up for themselves. At this point their options are rather limited. They either make use of the resources they’ve been given or they bow to the Taliban, unless of course the Chinese want to try their hand at nation building. Then maybe the Afghans can manage another couple decades of someone else doing the heavy lifting for them.

  3. dad29

    the Biden administration was notifying lawmakers that the U.S. would soon begin relocating thousands of Afghan allies to third countries while they await processing for their special immigrant visas.

    Looks like a sensible plan to me, albeit air-dropping them into Mexico so they could cross the border with no trouble at all would be just as efficient.

    Like MJM, I am skeptical of the “Wolf, Wolf” noises made by Afghans. He’s right: the Taliban will take over only if they LET them take over. And–by the way–since most of the country is Moslem, what’s the problem?

  4. MjM

    To be precise, daddio, I think the only Affies who fear losing power – to anyone – are those in areas that surround and include capital Kabul who get (or got) their power from us over the last 20 years. The rest of the “country” is nothing really other than local tribalism. The phrase “all politics is local” probably was born here 2000 years ago, as old as the bribery, backstabbing, switching sides/rejoining sides.

    The problem is that Afghanistan as a country simply doesn’t have the resources to sustain itself or to defend itself. In 2019 exports were a measly $900 million while imports were $8 billion+. GDP was only twice the cost of imports. Compare that to the $800 billion – 100 times the cost of 2019 imports – the US has spent just fighting the war there. There is no way any Afghani government can sustain a military on it’s own.

    FWIW: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2021/07/iran-hosts-talks-with-afghan-taliban-delegations-as-militants-make-advances/

  5. dad29

    There is no way any Afghani government can sustain a military on it’s own.

    Meh. We’re outta there, thank God.

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