President Joe Biden and his administration received ultra-rare criticism from a top Democrat in the party over the weekend for the failures that have kept American citizens stranded in Kabul, as the Taliban prepare to expand their power.
According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who happens to sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he is “deeply frustrated” and “furious” over the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, as American citizens desperately attempt to escape the terrorist-controlled country.
What did he say?
The Connecticut Democrat generated headlines in the wake of his statements on the situation, given that such criticism against the Biden administration from top senators is exceedingly rare.
“I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay and inaction,” Blumenthal said.
He added: “I expect the White House and State Department to do everything in their power, absolutely everything, to make this happen. These are American citizens and Afghans who risked everything for our country. We cannot leave them behind.”
Like many other members of Congress who have connections around the world, Blumenthal and his office have reportedly worked tirelessly to pick up the Biden administration’s slack and help secure the evacuation of several groups of stranded Americans in Kabul.
“I haven’t yet spoken publicly about these efforts because we worried that heightened attention would only escalate tensions and put these people at even greater risk of being targeted,” the senator said.
Biden admin interferes
Making an already horrific situation even more frustrating, as evidenced by the claims of Blumenthal and several other members of Congress, is the fact that their efforts to secure private charter jets for Americans to evacuate have met multiple roadblocks with Biden’s State Department and other red-tape issues.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) also ran into a number of hurdles as he and his office scrapped together their resources and connections to procure evacuations for Americans and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders from Kabul.
It’s clearly bad enough that members of Congress and other connected people have to do the job that is supposed to be accomplished by the president and his agencies, but stalling those efforts — or outright blocking them — is beyond the pale.
A number of committees, many of them led by top Democrats, are set to launch investigations into Biden’s humiliating and deadly Afghanistan foreign policy blunder in the coming weeks and months.
While the Biden administration wants Americans to believe that everything is going swimmingly, in due time we’ll hopefully see a number of top officials held accountable — in the form of resignations or firings — over this fiasco.