How can the administration estimate the number of Americans amid the total chaos to the withdrawal? And even if it were around 200, that’s four times as many Americans that were held hostage by the Ayatollahs in Iran.
What’s more, there’s a spin game going on here. Because the number does not include family members of U.S. citizens or U.S. legal permanent residents.
How is it possible we were ever in a position to leave Americans behind in Afghanistan?
According to the Washington Examiner:
Some Republican members of Congress are pushing back on Biden administration figures of Americans left behind in Afghanistan after the last U.S. troops left the country on Monday, arguing they do not give the full picture of who is stranded under Taliban rule.
President Joe Biden said in an address Tuesday that “about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan,” and that 90% (which the White House later corrected in a transcript to 98%) “of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave.”
That figure follows the State Department saying Monday, after the last U.S. military plane left Kabul, that the number of Americans left in Afghanistan was below 250.
“It’s impossible at this point to know who’s still there and how many there are,” Rep. Mike Garcia, a California Republican and combat Navy veteran, told the Washington Examiner. “But I do know it’s not 250.”
“Some of these American citizens actually married Afghans and had children. The spouses and the kids ended up not falling into the American citizen bucket.”
“They’re trying to minimize the number,” Rep. Michael Waltz, a Florida Republican and Green Beret, told Fox News Tuesday. “They’re counting American citizens, not counting green card holders. They’re counting the citizens, but not their family, and then shrugging shoulders and saying it’s a few hundred. It’s disgraceful.”