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The news out of Kabul is tragic. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby tweeted Thursday: “We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.” According to CNN’s Frida Ghitis, “Initial reports suggest four or more U.S. service personnel may have been injured or killed in the explosion.” This need not have happened: the Biden administration, which has been bragging about the success of its airlifts out of Kabul, made the decision not to prioritize getting Americans out of Afghanistan first. As of early afternoon, the American death toll was 13 and likely to rise.
The administration was much more concerned with bringing Afghans to the United States than rescuing Americans in Kabul. Kirby said on August 15: “Once we get more airlift out of Kabul, we’re going to put as many people on those planes as we can. There will be a mix…not just American citizens, but perhaps some Afghan SIV [Special Immigrant Visa] applicants as well. We’re going to focus on getting people out of the country, then sorting it out at the next stop. It’s not going to be just Americans first, then SIV applicants.”
And at a Defense Department briefing Monday, Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor boasted: “In the past 24 hours, uh, five flights landed at Dulles International Airport, with approximately 1,300 passengers. At this time, four military installations, as well as Dulles International, are receiving Afghans as they, uh, come into the United States. These installations include Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Lee, Virginia; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Fort Bliss, Texas. The total number currently at these installations is approximately 1,200, and NORTHCOM continues to build out capacity, uh, to ensure they are prepared to receive more flights that will come in the next few days.”
Those 2,500 Afghans were just a small percentage of Biden’s handlers’ plans to bring 30,000 Afghans to the United States. It’s unclear exactly how many have already arrived. Taylor was asked Monday: “You mentioned that 42,000 have been evacuated since July….Do you have any breakdown of the number of U.S. citizens in that 42,000 who have gotten out?” Perhaps aware of how much of a hot-button issue this is, he refused to reply, answering only: “I do, but I don’t have that right now.”
The Americans killed in Kabul on Thursday could have been among those who got out, but Taylor and company were more concerned with bringing over Afghans. After all, immigrants have formed a reliable voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and what’s really important here? The Biden administration capped off its manifest indifference to the plight of the Americans stranded in Afghanistan on Thursday after the bombings at the Kabul airport, when Kirby issued a statement saying: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and injured.”
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