‘Fuck ’em. If they die, they die’— Joe Biden
When Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, descended into panic as the city fell to the Taliban, Prince Wafa placed a desperate call to a State Department number set up to help people trying to flee. Wafa, an American citizen who lives in San Diego, had arrived in Afghanistan just a month before to visit his wife in Kabul. After the sudden collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government, he is now attempting to get her and himself out of the country to safety.
A former U.S. Army translator, Wafa, who became a U.S. citizen in 2019, is among those most endangered by the fall of the Afghan government: people who cooperated with U.S. forces and are now likely to be treated as traitors by the Taliban, Afghanistan’s new rulers. The home of Wafa’s family in the city of Herat had already been visited by longtime neighbors who turned out to be covertly working for the Taliban; the neighbors were said to be searching for him.
The abrupt departure of American troops and closure of the Kabul airport left Wafa, who fears violent retribution for his work with the U.S., stuck hiding with his wife in Kabul and looking for a way out.
When Wafa called the State Department on August 29, the deadline for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was still expected to be two days away. An official picked up Wafa’s call and gave him instructions on what to do.
Wafa was reassured by the confident tone of the U.S. official. “They told me that they would not leave any citizen in the country, they would get everyone out,” Wafa said. “They told me to take shelter and not go to the airport and to wait for further directions on what to do.” The official took down his information and told Wafa to wait for another call that would provide directions on how to safely exit the country with his wife.
Wafa waited for a nerve-wracking 24 hours, but no call came.
The next morning, he turned on the news to see that the U.S. had executed its withdrawal from the country. Wafa watched in disbelief as President Joe Biden announced that the withdrawal from Afghanistan had been successful and that American citizens who had been there were now free from danger.
In a panic, Wafa called the same State Department number he had called earlier and told the official on the line that he was, like many other U.S. citizens and green card holders he knew, still stranded in Afghanistan. “I told them President Biden is saying on the news that everyone is out, but I’m still here,” Wafa said. “I have my passport in my hand right now, and no one has given me any way to get out.”
The State Department official listened and told Wafa to wait briefly while he checked what could be done. After a few moments, the official returned with a brief, terse message. “At this time, we have no other information to share with you on steps to take,” Wafa recalled the official saying. “We can only advise you to shelter in place for the time being.”
“Thank you for calling the U.S. Department of State,” the official added, hanging up before a stunned Wafa could even reply.
Biden’s evacuation fuckup killed 13 servicemembers and 250 Americans have been left behind, but he intends to use ‘diplomacy’ to get them back. According to Blinken, it’s no big deal because “we have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time.”
He gave the Taliban a kill list that makes it easy to track down Americans and allies. So much for ‘diplomacy’.
Also left behind was the Afghan interpreter who saved Biden’s ass in 2008.
Oh, and it’s all their fault for getting stranded:
“While I might be sympathetic to this under some circumstances, the president assured Americans in Afghanistan repeatedly that there was no need to leave quickly because our client govt in Kabul had things under control,” Krikorian wrote on Twitter Wednesday in response to Amb. Wilson’s assertions.
Biden and his lackeys in the State Department should be airdropped over Kabul without a chute.