Top U.S. Diplomat on Americans in Afghanistan: “They Chose Not To Leave, That’s Their Business”
Two explosions were reported today outside the Kabul airport earlier today, and U.S. casualties and injuries are reported.
That comes following the acting ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson effectively telling CBS News that it’s the fault of stranded Americans that they’re there, saying that the State Department had sent out “repeated warnings” to Americans in Afghanistan every three weeks since April to urging them to leave the county (which of course were contradicted by Joe Biden’s assurances that a Taliban takeover was unlikely).
Host Norah O’Donnell asked “You warned about this in a cable. Were you ignored?”
He replied: “We put out repeated warnings every three weeks to Americans going back to, I think, March or April, each one in stronger terms ‘Leave now. Leave immediately.’ Never in my 40 years of working at the State Department have I seen such strong language used. People chose not to leave. That’s their business, there’s their right. We regret now that many may find themselves in a position that they would rather not be in, and we are determined to try to help them.”
So unless he’s changed his beliefs in the past 12-hours, the Biden administration believes any American wounded or killed in Afghanistan is simply the victims of their own choices, and not the failures of the Biden administration.
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