Seven planeloads of Americans and Afghan allies are waiting for foe one phone call from the State Department to allow them to take off. They have to sleep on hard floors with little or no food, hoping that Biden will finally come through for them. Good luck with that.
Fox News reported:
“Rick Clay, who runs the private rescue group PlanB, told Fox News that the State Department is the only thing preventing the flights he’s organizing from leaving Afghanistan. Two other American individuals separately involved in evacuation efforts, whom Fox News is not naming to avoid jeopardizing ongoing rescue efforts, similarly said that the State Department is the sole entity preventing their charter flights from leaving Afghanistan.”
One of the people Fox News talked to who wishes to remain anonymous said “all it takes is a f***ing phone call” and that negotiating with terrorists for American lives is not acceptable.
That individual said:
“If one life is lost as a result of this, the blood is on the White House’s hands. The blood is on their hands. It is not the Taliban that is holding this up – as much as it sickens me to say that – it is the United States government.”
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Another source says he believes the reason the Biden administration won’t cooperate is that Biden would be embarrassed that a group of volunteers is succeeding where Biden failed miserably. I put forth the same theory yesterday in one of my stories. I hope I am wrong. I would hate to think any president would put politics ahead of American lives. That would be truly embarrassing.
The Fox News report added:
After making little to no progress with the State Department, Clay’s group turned to senators from both parties: Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., have all sought to help PlanB and other organizations secure the approval they need to get the evacuees safely out of Afghanistan, organizers and Senate staffers told Fox News. Clay received word on Thursday that their flights out of Afghanistan would eventually receive approval following the State Department’s review of their manifest — a task that could take several days even as just the initial 800 names are subjected to the vetting process.
As of Sunday evening, the State Department had yet to give PlanB the green light to land any of their flights in any countries neighboring Afghanistan. The two other Americans involved in another private evacuation effort told Fox News that the State Department has secured them clearance to land in a neighboring country and that the Taliban has given them the green light to take off, dependent on State Department approval – which hasn’t come.