Sen. Dan Sullivan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the departure of the last U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan while hundreds of U.S. citizens remain behind in the country, now controlled by the Taliban.
“I never thought I’d see the day when the U.S. government would knowingly leave behind hundreds of its own citizens—who wanted to be rescued by the U.S. military—in one of the most dangerous countries in the world. For weeks, I’ve been trying to get senior members of the Biden administration to answer one question: Why not move back the August 31st deadline for the full withdrawal of U.S. military forces until allof our fellow Americans are able to get out from behind Taliban enemy lines? We had the U.S. military forces and leverage in place to save our fellow Americans, but our forces and that leverage departed today. The President of the United States clearly decided to forsake these Americans. I feel sick right now as an American citizen. I want all Americans and Alaskans to know, I am hellbent on getting these legitimate questions answered by the President and senior administration officials.”
Monday saw the last flight out of Kabul Airport with hundreds of Americans left behind to suffer at the hands of the Taliban, to whom the Biden Administration has handed the country.