Vice President Calls Afghanistan a Success

Vice President Calls Afghanistan a Success

( – On August 24, the current Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, met with CIA Director William Burns to discuss ongoing evacuation efforts. The Taliban leader said he would hold the US and President Joe Biden to the August 31 deadline. This statement comes despite mounting concerns the administration may leave behind an indeterminate number of American citizens. Yet, Vice President Kamala Harris appears optimistic.

Harris brought up the evacuation efforts in Afghanistan during a joint press conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, August 23. She characterized the drawdown of the US Embassy as “successful … without any American casualties.” While that may be true, it discounts the thousands of Americans trapped in the country with little hope of safely returning to the United States.

Reporters asked Harris about Americans stuck in Afghanistan without safe passage. She conceded their evacuation has been a “difficult mission.” She also said there would be plenty of time to “analyze what has happened” with efforts to extract American citizens. This statement was an apparent admission that even she could see the administration’s failure in Afghanistan.

Media representatives and others have observed Harris laughing about the mounting crisis in Afghanistan.

American lives are at stake, along with countless Afghans who supported American troops on the ground in Afghanistan for years. Perhaps it’s time the Vice President talked less about future analysis and more about completing safe evacuations.

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