Perspectives: At Least 100 Americans Still Stuck in Afghanistan

Headline Roundup August 31st, 2021

The last U.S. troops have left Afghanistan, but at least 100 Americans who want to leave were left behind. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that 100-200 Americans are stuck in Afghanistan. The State Department is reportedly working with Qatar and Turkey to arrange charter flights out of the airport in Kabul; Blinken said Monday that he doesn't expect that process "to be easy or rapid." An ABC News/Ipsos poll released this week suggests that over 85% of Republicans, Democrats and independents believe U.S. troops shouldn't leave Afghanistan until all Americans are out. President Joe Biden told ABC on Aug. 18 that "if there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out." National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday the U.S. had "the capacity to have 300 Americans" on the final flights out of Kabul, but Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie said Monday that no American citizens made it to those planes.

The Americans left behind and Afghans who worked with the U.S. military were highlighted across the spectrum; some left-rated voices also highlighted "possibly thousands" of green card holders also stuck in Afghanistan. Many voices, especially right-rated voices, have strongly criticized the Biden administration's handling of the Americans still there, with some accusing leaders of giving leverage to terrorists. Many across the spectrum also highlighted the billions of dollars worth of U.S. military equipment abandoned and left to the Taliban.

From the Left
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ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON — For more than a week, Samiullah “Sammy” Naderi, a U.S. legal permanent resident, waited days and nights with his wife and son outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, hoping to be let in so that they could leave on one of the dozens of daily flights headed to America.

“It’s 50 feet away,” Mr. Naderi, 23, said Sunday night in a short telephone interview, speaking in halting English, as gunfire crackled in the background. “Maybe the Taliban will let me inside — maybe.”

But on Monday, after being...

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From the Center
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OPINION

Nemo resideo is a Latin phrase that means, “Leave no one behind.” It is such a fundamental American value that this commitment is embedded in the creed of several branches of the U.S. military. Yet some American citizens are being left behind now that the last plane has left Kabul on Monday. “We believe there are still a small number of Americans—under 200 and likely closer to 100–who remain in Afghanistan, and want to leave,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Monday. This contradicts Joe Biden’s previous comments. During an August 18 interview with...

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From the Right
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ANALYSIS

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby is making the rounds — and headlines — on Tuesday’s morning news shows.

On Fox News, Kirby explained away the equipment the U.S. military left in the hands of the Taliban by admitting that “while there’s certainly a lethality component to it, it doesn’t pose a threat to the United States, it doesn’t pose a threat to neighboring nations.” On Monday, America’s 20-year conflict with the Taliban in Afghanistan ended when the last U.S. troops exited the country less than two weeks before the anniversary...

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