On Capitol Hill, you will be hard-pressed to find issues that both political parties can agree on.
The Biden administration’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan happens to be one of them. Both sides of the aisle are watching closely as thousands of American citizens are in jeopardy of being left behind.
As reported earlier in the day, the talks between the Taliban and CIA failed with the Taliban giving“no” evacuation deadline extensions after their negotiations.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the terrorists will accept “no extensions” to the August 31 deadline. Mujahid also suggests he was “not aware” the CIA met with the Taliban, “but he did not deny that such a meeting took place,” the Associated Press reported.
Later in the day, Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson tweeted the US is reducing troop presence, US officials said.
BREAKING: The U.S. military has started withdrawing from Afghanistan reducing troop presence: U.S. officials
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) August 24, 2021
With the news of the 31st deadline staying in place and military drawing down, it appears the Biden administration might leave some Americans behind.
Jen Psaki expects "there could be some" Americans left in Afghanistan after the evacuation deadline of August 31st. pic.twitter.com/Egq7LyDVk5
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 24, 2021
Thousands Stranded in Afghanistan Beg for Help: ‘We All Know What’s Going to Happen’
Biden then asks for ‘contingency plans’ to extend Afghanistan withdrawal in a stunning reversal
Biden delivered his latest update on the ongoing chaos in brief remarks from the Roosevelt Room at the White House. He took no questions from the press pool.
The president insisted that the US and its allies “are currently on a pace” to finish evacuations by Aug. 31st. “The sooner we can finish, the better,” the president said. “Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.”
Biden said that the completion of US forces’ evacuation operation at Kabul’s international airport by the end of this month “depends on the Taliban continuing to cooperate,” and confirmed that he had asked the Pentagon and the State Department for “contingency plans to adjust the timetable, should that become necessary.”
To summarize, the Taliban is holding firm that all American troops to be out of the country by August 31st. The Biden administration is reporting they are on schedule to be out by the 31st and starts reducing the number of troops in the country. US allies and thousands of stranded Americans and Afghanis who assisted our military are demanding more time & assistance in getting out.
Then Joe decided to get plans in case we need more time after all.
Welcome to the confusing and failing foreign policy world of Joseph Biden.