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The Last Plane to Leave Afghanistan by The Elephant's Child
August 31, 2021, 7:27 pm
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We have formally pulled out of Afghanistan, apparently leaving large numbers of Americans behind, with no plans to rescue them. Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the U.S. left hundreds of Americans behind in Afghanistan, in a speech at the White House on Monday evening.

He said that the U.S will continue to help Americans and Afghan allies leave Afghanistan following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. The U.S. has suspended its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan and transferred that presence to Doha, Qatar. Diplomats stationed in Doha will “coordinate engagement and messaging to the Taliban” moving forward. Just what that bunch if gobbledygook actually means is beyond me, apparently nothing much.

Blinken said: “We will continue our relentless efforts to help Americans, foreign nationals, and Afghans, leave Afghanistan if they choose” Blinken said, adding that the U.S. made extraordinary efforts to give Americans every opportunity to depart the country.” Pretty talk, is there any actuality behind it?

Around 6,000 “self-identified” Americans have left Afghanistan, Blinken said. He did not estimate how many U.S. green-cardholders or Afghan allies remained in the country. Americans and Afghans faced significant hurdles in reaching the airport. An attack by ISIS-K killed 13 American soldiers and close to 200 Afghans at the Airport on Thursday.

The Taliban have said that the last U.S. warplanes have left the airport. Liz Shield at Morning Greatness, on Monday, said that the Taliban offered the U.S. control of Kabul, but Biden turned it down. Even when you are trying really hard to keep up, it’s difficult. President Biden’s ratings continue to decline, to no one’s surprise.

The Afghans who are being bought to this country will be located in “swing districts” so that when they quickly become citizens,their votes will be useful. Joe Biden may not be doing so well at the governing bit, but he is still a long-term politician and a Democrat. The Democrats goal is to be in charge. One would hope that “being in charge” meant something, but apparently it’s just about control.

The Biden administration has told Refugee Organizations to prepare for the arrival of up to 50,000 Afghans without visas. It is not clear just how many Afghan refugees will have “Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) allowing them benefits such as food assistance and healthcare. SIVs are available to Afghans involved in US operations for at least a year and who are facing a credible threat of danger according to the State Department.

Those who are arriving have apparently not been “vetted”, which I thought was supposed to be important. There are so many unanswered questions. For the Taliban, it is supposedly a religious war, because their Islamic religion is so important to them. My view of Islam comes mostly from James Clavell’s “Asian Saga”, the late James Clavell’s series of six novels about different parts of Asia. He was a wonderful storyteller, and I recommend his books highly. Hard to put down kind. But as a guide to the Islamic religion by an outsider, possibly not authoritative, but still fascinating. Back in the real world, it would be helpful to have a better understanding of their religion for which they fight.

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