While President Biden promised that he and the state department would get the stranded Americans out of Afghanistan However, they have shared very few details on how that exactly is going to happen.
The quick withdrawal from the country left many stranded, and Americans are looking for the answers on how those individuals are going to get home. Toward the end of last week, two Qatar airlines flights flew out of the airport, but no one is sharing information on whether or not stranded Americans made those flights.
Finally, the State Department verified that there were no Americans on those planes. Then, to top that off, they shared that the Taliban is no longer being cooperative.
According to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, the administration has “pulled every lever available.” However, the Taliban is not letting planes fly out of the airport.
One reporter asked Price if there was any progress with the flights. The reporter said, “And also the Secretary had said State would be coordinating with veterans groups who are doing their evacuation and extraction efforts. Has that been formalized? And if so, what does that look like now?”
Price replied, “veterans groups have played an important and welcome role in this, but other advocacy groups, humanitarian groups, lawmakers, NGOs, private companies, media organizations, a constellation of actors have come to the support of the people of Afghanistan,”
A complete nonanswer. He even tried to talk about North Korea, but the reporter would not let go of Kabul.
Price eventually answered no, explaining that they have done everything in their power to get the people still in Afghanistan home, but the Taliban is not cooperating.
“The State Department, as we have said, has pulled every lever available to us. We have gone to extraordinary lengths with not only our engagement with the Taliban, but also with these other constellation of groups on the ground and operating from afar, and also with countries in the region. And to our minds, these flights, these individuals, there is no reason they should not be able to depart. And that’s what we’re continuing to focus on.”Ned Price