Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, is livid with the Biden administration over the Afghanistan Bugout. Blumenthal, you may remember, is the guy who falsely claimed Vietnam military service on his resume. So now he figures he’ll pick up some points with veterans by piling on Biden regarding Afghanistan. But the larger issue is that he feels free to do so. That’s how weak Biden is with his own party. Could the 25th Amendment be coming soon?
FNC: “Sen. Richard ,Blumenthal, D-Conn., is ‘furious’ over the Biden administration delaying flights with Americans trying to escape Afghanistan after President Biden’s botched troop withdrawal.
The senator from Connecticut issued a press release on Monday eviscerating the Biden administration for delaying flights out of the Mazar-e Sharif airport in Afghanistan following reports of the administration not giving the evacuation flights the green light. The senator revealed that he and his staff have been working around the clock to ‘secure the safe passage of two planes’ on the airport tarmac carrying ‘American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies, and their families.’ ”
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“My office joined forces in this humanitarian mission with an incredible coalition of advocates – NGOs, former servicemembers, and journalists – to try and evacuate our fellow citizens and Afghan allies,” Blumenthal said.
“There will be plenty of time to seek accountability for the inexcusable bureaucratic red tape that stranded so many of our Afghan allies. For now, my singular focus remains getting these planes in the air and safely to our airbase in Doha, where they have already been cleared to land. These are Americans citizens and Afghans who risked everything for our country. We cannot leave them behind.”
The White House lamely responded. “When it comes to charters, we facilitated the evacuation and relocation of thousands of these individuals aboard charter aircraft from HKIA during the USMIL-led operation. We understand the concern that many people are feeling as they try to facilitate further charter and other passage out of Afghanistan. However, we do not have personnel on the ground, we do not have air assets in the country, we do not control the airspace — whether over Afghanistan or elsewhere in the region.” Gee, wonder why, given the USAF is the largest most advanced air force in the world, we don’t control that airspace?
They nattered on. “Given these constraints, we also do not have a reliable means to confirm the basic details of charter flights, including who may be organizing them, the number of U.S. citizens and other priority groups on-board, the accuracy of the rest of the manifest, and where they plan to land, among many other issues. We will hold the Taliban to its pledge to let people freely depart Afghanistan.” Hold them accountable with what?