Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has had it with the Biden administration’s “delay and inaction” in evacuating the hundreds of Americans and American allies left behind.
“My staff & I have worked night & day to secure the safe passage of two planes waiting in Mazar-e Sharif to take American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies, & their families to safety,” Blumenthal said on Twitter. “My office joined forces in this humanitarian mission with an incredible coalition of advocates—NGOs, former servicemembers, & journalists—to try & evacuate our fellow citizens & Afghan allies.”
The planes are reportedly being held up by the Taliban, who have refused to give the planes clearance.
“This is not true. Our Mujahideen have nothing to do with ordinary Afghans. This is propaganda and we reject it,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the BBC.
The Biden administration has yet to call the Taliban an enemy.
“I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay & inaction,” Blumenthal said.