October 6, 2021
"Meanwhile, American officials stopped many prescreened Afghans with credible documents, including some U.S. residents, from boarding aircraft, while others that hadn’t been vetted were allowed through...The U.S. government did not have a plan going into this," International Stability Operations Association President Howie Lind told Fox News. "It just turned into this haphazard — some got in, some didn't."
Biden’s Afghanistan decisions caused aircraft to depart with empty seats while abandoning over 100,000 Afghan
More than 100,000 Afghan allies weren’t evacuated. So why did planes leave with empty seats?
Airplanes repeatedly left Kabul with empty seats during the evacuation, yet more than 100 Americans and likely well over 100,000 Afghan allies were ultimately stranded in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, American officials stopped many prescreened Afghans with credible documents, including some U.S. residents, from boarding aircraft, while others that hadn’t been vetted were allowed through, international aid experts told Fox News.
"Mistakes were being made by good-meaning people, but operating under very tough circumstances," John Sifton, the Asia Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, told Fox News.
The Kabul airport was flooded with people trying to flee the nation, causing intense chaos that led to U.S. officials making mistakes when reviewing documents, international aid experts told Fox News.
"The U.S. government did not have a plan going into this," International Stability Operations Association President Howie Lind told Fox News. "It just turned into this haphazard — some got in, some didn't."
President Biden’s orders, along with the Taliban’s unexpectedly fast seizure of Afghanistan, were the primary factors that led to the rush, according to the experts.
And since the airlift ended, there have been reports that male refugees have sexually abused child brides, possibly married at the last minute in a desperate attempt to flee the country. Others were flagged after evacuation as possibly being ineligible for entry into the U.S., with some in limbo at military bases abroad.
Many abandoned Afghan allies, meanwhile, are in hiding from the Taliban.
"This is a prime example of what it looks like when we don't have a game plan, when we do it fast and loose," Rep. Yvette Herrell, a New Mexico Republican, told Fox News.
‘Points directly back to the commander in chief’
Two major decisions by Biden, compounded with the Taliban’s sudden seizure of Kabul, led to the rush and consequential chaos at the city’s airport: failing to establish a plan to evacuate likely Taliban targets and abandoning Bagram Air Base.
Herrell said the chaos "points directly back to the commander in chief, the lack of leadership, the lack of a game plan."
Rep. Peter Meijer, who traveled to Kabul during the airlift, said Biden repeatedly ignored veterans groups urging the administration to establish a plan to evacuate Afghan interpreters, who put their lives at risk helping the U.S. military fight the Taliban.
"This is tens of thousands of individuals … that we should have been evacuating since April when a bipartisan group of my colleagues in the House urged the administration to clear the backlog," the Michigan Republican told Fox News.