Excuse me! Correction please!
You need to know this. Joe Biden’s Pentagon has made the latest revision of the number of U.S. citizens they left behind and how many lives are literally at stake.
I’m afraid that you may think you overlooked this number if you thought you heard a “final” number last week from the administration.
You see, it’s fluid. After all, they’re just American citizens – expendables!
This number is higher than what the State Department had said last week.
The Pentagon stated Tuesday that nearly 439 U.S. citizens are still in Afghanistan following August’s U.S. military withdrawal, more than the Biden administration has previously claimed.
Like everything else, this number keeps changing, as we will see. And, it seems the State Department had different numbers than the Pentagon.
The latest tally came from Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl, after Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., pointed to what he believed were contradictory or at least “confusing” numbers the administration has presented since the Aug. 31 withdrawal.
“One of the many confusing things about this whole thing is that we really don’t know how many Americans are left in Afghanistan,” Inhofe said. “The administration’s number of U.S. citizens left in Afghanistan keeps changing. We all understand that. It’s very confusing.”
Inhofe noted that the Biden administration “always said 100 to 200 U.S. citizens left in Afghanistan,” but now says it “has already withdrawn 234 and is in contact with 363 others, 176 of whom want to leave,” citing numbers the State Department provided last week.
“Now if we can figure this out, you’re doing a lot better than I have done,” Inhofe said.
Kahl gave a thorough response detailing the numbers he had of how many Americans were in Afghanistan and had gotten out, eventually leading to the number of those who remain.
“In terms of how many American citizens we estimate are currently in Afghanistan, the Department of State is in contact with 196 American citizens who are ready to depart –and arrangements are being made for them to do so, either via air or over ground – and another 243 American citizens have been contacted and are not ready to depart, either because they want to stay in Afghanistan or aren’t ready,” Kahl said.
This total of 439 Americans still in Afghanistan is up from the 363 the State Department had told congressional staff last week – which itself was up from the estimate of roughly 100 the administration had claimed in September.
Sure. There were just some who didn’t want to leave.
At a press briefing Friday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the number of Americans who actually wished to leave was at one point below 100 but was now between 100 and 200 amid a fluid situation on the ground.
Do you buy this?
“That figure has risen in recent days as more Americans in Afghanistan have decided to depart in light of our successful facilitation of dozens of departures in recent weeks,” he said.
Price said that so far the State Department had facilitated the departure of 234 citizens and 144 lawful permanent residents. On Tuesday, Kahl said that number was 240 American citizens and 157 lawful permanent residents, but that those numbers climb to 314 and 266, respectively, when taking into account those who got out via alternative means like private charters and not through the U.S. government.
Maybe Biden’s and the State Department’s and the Pentagon’s number of Americans will rise again – like inflation and the vast number of other catastrophes caused by our precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Don’t rule it out. We have not heard a figure floated on the number killed, for instance.
Who’s doing the math? Joe Biden?
Why is this important?
Because the most shameful part of this debacle is that any American was left behind in that hellhole.
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