Imagine that. Even Democrats are getting angry at Joe Biden for abandoning Americans in Afghanistan. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) Ct, is fuming over the abandonment of our people in what is now a terrorist state. He blasted Biden for “delay and inaction.”
Blumenthal says that he has been working with groups trying to get two planeloads of evacuees stuck at the Mazar-E-Sharif airport in northwestern Afghanistan.
Blumenthal has insisted that the White House do everything in their power to help get those people out of the country:
“My staff and I have worked night and day to secure the safe passage of two planes waiting in Mazar-e-Sharif to take American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies, and their families to safety. My office joined forces in this humanitarian mission with an incredible coalition of advocates – NGOs, former service members, and journalists – to try and evacuate our fellow citizens and Afghan allies. I haven’t yet spoken publicly about these efforts because we were worried that heightened attention would only escalate tensions and put these people at greater risk of being targeted.
“I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay and inaction. There will be plenty of time to seek accountability for the inexcusable bureaucratic red tape that stranded so many of our Afghan allies. 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. I expect the White House and State Department to do everything in their power – absolutely everything – to make this happen. These are Americans citizens and Afghans who risked everything for our country. We cannot leave them behind.”
Military command over Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar, have informed those seeking clearance to land that they must first go through the State Department to gain approval, an email reviewed by Fox News shows https://t.co/YcRDdxmDEk
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) September 6, 2021
In all, there are six planes sitting at the Mazar-E-Sharif airport in northwestern Afghanistan awaiting permission to leave. The Biden administration claims it is the Taliban holding up the exodus but volunteers on the ground claim it is the Biden administration stopping them from leaving.
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Besides the two planes Blumenthal is working on, there are a reported total of six planes for evacuees stuck at the Mazar-e-Sharif airport.
Blumenthal’s statement was released hours after the Biden administration claimed to have helped four Americans leave Afghanistan overland with the permission of the Taliban.
“The State Dept says the US facilitated the safe departure of four US citizens from Afghanistan by an overland route. “The Taliban was aware and did not impede their transit,” according to the official.”