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  • Jack Posobiec — Anthony Blinken may resign next week…

    09/11/2021 7:27:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 87 replies
    Citizen Free Press ^ | September 11, 2021 | Jack Posobiec
    State Dept is preparing for a potential Tony Blinken resignation following his Senate testimony on Tuesday, per DC official— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 10, 2021Not only did Blinken block evac flights, he dissolved the Crisis Response center at State months before the withdrawal He can’t escape that— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 10, 2021Secretary of State Antony Blinken will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to testify about the administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. It is the first scheduled public hearing since late last month, when the Biden administration allowed the rapid collapse of the...
  • Biden Admin DISCONNECTS State Department Help Line for Americans or SIV Holders Stranded in Afghanistan Seeking to Escape Terrorist Regime

    09/09/2021 12:59:13 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    GP ^ | 09/09/21 | Jim Hoft
    This is just stunning!On Wednesday Newsmax host Heather Childers played audio live on her show of a State Department voicemail from a line that had been disconnected. The phone number was listed to receive calls from Americans stranded in Afghanistan and attempting to return home to the United States.The Biden administration DISCONNECTED the line!Heather Childers played it all on Newsmax. Here is the message:State Department recorded voice: You’ve reached the Department of State number formerly used to provide general information on the Afghan special immigrant visa, or SIV program. This number is not currently operational. Please visit… (webstite)This is what...
  • Dem Sen. Blumenthal 'furious' over Biden admin delaying Americans trying to leave Afghanistan

    09/07/2021 2:29:17 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon, September 6, 2021 | Houston Keene
    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.
  • Biden State Dept Says It Has No Resources To Rescue Trapped Flights In Afghanistan, No ‘Reliable Means’ To Confirm Details: Report

    09/07/2021 6:51:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | Sep 6, 2021 | Emily Zanotti
    Responding to claims that it is blocking flights carrying Americans and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) from leaving Mazar-i-Sharif (MAZ) airport in Afghanistan, the Biden administration’s State Department reportedly admitted that it has few resources available to facilitate the evacuation and that they have no “reliable” information about the trapped flights. As The Daily Wire noted Sunday, there are conflicting reports as to who is preventing planes carrying individuals rescued by a non-governmental organization (NGO) from taking off from MAZ. Individuals associated with an organization handling the flights said that the State Department is the only obstacle to the chartered planes...
  • State Department accused of trying to take credit for rescue of 4 Americans from Afghanistan

    09/07/2021 5:27:52 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.06.2021 | David Aaro
    State Department trying to steal credit for rescue of 4 Americans from Afghanistan, organizer says: 'Total lie' The organizer of a private mission to rescue an American mom, Mariam, and her three children from Afghanistan says the U.S. State Department is now trying to insert itself into the story of her evacuation, despite playing little to no role for much of the rescue effort. Senior State Department officials on Monday announced that the "U.S. has facilitated the safe departure of four US citizens by overland route from Afghanistan. Embassy staff was present upon their arrival." But those actually involved in...
  • State Department ‘blocks departure of dozens of Americans from Afghanistan by failing to tell Taliban it has green-lighted flights’

    09/06/2021 3:47:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 6 2012 | JIMMY MCCLOSKEY and KATELYN CARALLE
    The US State Department has been accused of blocking dozens of Americans from fleeing Afghanistan after failing to tell the Taliban it had green-lighted charter flights. On Sunday, Reuters reported that the delay had been caused by Biden administration officials not telling Taliban leaders it had approved the departures of the chartered flights from an airport in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, 260 miles north of Afghan capital Kabul. An exasperated flight organizer hit out at the State Department over the fiasco, saying: 'They need to be held accountable for putting these people's lives in danger.'
  • GOP lawmaker defends attempted Afghanistan rescue mission: ‘I’m not Rambo’

    09/04/2021 7:22:24 PM PDT · by Jessarah · 8 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 4, 2021 | Samuel Chamberlain
    A Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma who attempted to fly to Afghanistan as part of a rogue rescue operation at Kabul’s international airport defended the trip Friday night, saying he would “do it again tomorrow.” However, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, admitted, “I’m not Rambo.” A Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma who attempted to fly to Afghanistan as part of a rogue rescue operation at Kabul’s international airport defended the trip Friday night, saying he would “do it again tomorrow.” However, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, admitted, “I’m not Rambo.” “I never pretended to be Rambo,” Mullin told Fox News’ “Special Report.” “Out of all the...
  • ‘Tell the State Dept. to #### themselves’: Taliban’s taunts to desperate evacuees

    09/02/2021 10:44:05 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 2, 2021 8:13pm | Samuel Chamberlain
    Members of Congress and their staffers who scrambled to help Americans and their Afghan allies get out of Afghanistan before this week’s withdrawal deadline have revealed some of the frantic messages they received from people desperate to leave in recent days. [cut] One Afghan-American who worked with the office of Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said the Islamic fundamentalist group’s fighters “were creating as much problem as they could.” The man recalled being told by the State Department to go to the Interior Ministry in Kabul, where he was confronted by a Taliban guard. After the man explained the situation, the...
  • At Least Nero Practiced on his Lyre

    08/30/2021 10:38:58 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 30, 2021 AD | John F Di Leo
    Reflections on the Biden/Harris team's vacations as Kabul burned... In the weeks and years to come, books will be written on the American mishandling of Afghanistan under the Biden/Harris regime. Much of the focus will be on the political decisions of the Biden/Harris team, focused on the top brass of the military – a group of woefully misguided left-wingers in uniform who identify more with modern woke culture than with the Armed Services they were appointed to lead. But with the news that alleged Secretary of State Antony Blinken was vacationing in the Hamptons when Kabul fell, many rightly began...
  • ‘7 buses loaded with American women all likely dead now’…

    08/30/2021 8:26:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 166 replies
    Populist Press ^ | August 30, 2021 | Emily Miller
    Emily Miller — “There’s 7 buses of female American citizens. The CG refused to open the gate. We have a congressman with us and he had the state department reach out. MG Donahue refused. 10 minutes ago the females were taken by the Taliban. They are likely dead now.” “We’re dealing with Kabul. There’s 7 buses of female American citizens. The CG refused to open the gate. We have a congressman with us and he had the state department reach out. MG Donahue refused. 10 minutes ago the females were taken by the Taliban. They are likely dead now.” —...
  • Lawmakers: State Department No Longer Allowing American Citizens to Enter Kabul Airport

    08/29/2021 5:44:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/28/21 | Kristina Wong
    Members of Congress said Sunday evening that the Biden administration was not allowing Americans to enter the Kabul airport and leave Afghanistan, as the evacuation mission nears its end by August 31.Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) tweeted Sunday night that the State Department was not helping American citizens trying to evacuate.“I am furious!! My team has been on the phone all day trying to get AMERICAN CITIZENS out. They have been just outside the airport numerous times, but the State Department WILL NOT help them,” he tweeted.He added, “They have been beaten by the Taliban at check points and told to...
  • U.S. reportedly gave Taliban the names of Americans and Afghan allies: 'Appalling and shocking'

    08/26/2021 1:50:11 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 48 replies
    The Week ^ | 08-26-21 | BRENDAN MORROW
    Lawmakers and military officials are reportedly outraged after the United States gave the Taliban a list of the names of Americans and Afghan allies to evacuate. According to a report from Politico on Thursday, American officials in Kabul "gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city's airport." The report says this was intended to "expedite" the evacuation efforts but that the move has drawn outrage from military officials and from lawmakers.
  • Security Alert – Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 25, 2021)

    08/25/2021 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Event: Because of security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately.Actions to take:Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in large crowds.Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions related to curfews.Have a contingency plan for emergencies and review the Traveler’s Checklist.Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust...
  • Pentagon Contradicts Joe Biden On Al-Qaeda Presence In Afghanistan, Americans Getting Through To Airport

    08/21/2021 1:58:00 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/21/21 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon contradicted President Joe Biden multiple times Friday, immediately after he delivered remarks on the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan this week. Biden said at a White House press conference that al-Qaeda was “gone” from Afghanistan, only to have the Pentagon dispel that notion less than an hour later. “Look, let’s put this thing in perspective here. What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al-Qaeda gone? We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as, as well as getting Osama bin Laden, and we did,” Biden said....
  • Joe Biden on alert as US State Department targeted in cyber attack - 'serious breach'

    08/21/2021 1:33:55 PM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 57 replies
    UK Express ^ | August 21, 2021 | Rachel Russell
    THE US has been targeted by a cyber attack in a "possible serious breach", according to sources. Fox News' White House Correspondent Jacquie Heinrich tweeted: "The State Department has been hit by a cyber attack, and notifications of a possible serious breach were made by the Department of Defense Cyber Command. "It is unclear when the breach was discovered, but it is believed to have happened a couple weeks ago. "A source familiar tells Fox the State Department’s ongoing mission to evacuate Americans and allied refugees in Afghanistan “have not been affected”. "The extent of the breach, investigation into the...
  • The Pentagon Is Paralyzed While the Taliban Calls the Shots

    08/20/2021 9:22:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2021 | Amber Smith
    The Taliban is calling the shots of the evacuation in Afghanistan. This situation continues to deteriorate by the hour. What happens next will be absolutely critical for the safety of Americans on the ground in Kabul behind Taliban lines. The Pentagon is paralyzed in fear as demonstrated by press conferences that seemingly display confusion about their own military capabilities, restrictive rules of engagement, and lack of innovative thinking to bring Americans home — instead, we get bureaucratic answers that leave one wondering, who is in charge and why isn’t the Pentagon moving hell or high water to get all Americans...
  • State Department Mum on Why It Killed Pompeo’s Crisis Evacuation Unit

    08/19/2021 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 26 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 19 Aug 2021 | MArk Tapscott
    Officials at the U.S. State Department declined on Aug. 19 to say why Secretary of State Antony Blinken “paused” a special evacuation unit formed by his predecessor, even as the firestorm of reaction to the bungled Afghanistan withdrawal intensified. In June, Blinken signed off on the department’s fiscal year 2022 budget justification request submitted to Congress that included a notation that, while $50.8 million was sought for the Crisis and Contingency Response (CCR) program, “the department has paused implementation pending a policy review.” When asked by The Epoch Times “Why was [CCR] paused, is that still State’s intent, and is...
  • State Department demands American citizens pay $2000 each for their flight out of Afghanistan…

    State Dept Overseas Security Advisory Council said Aug. 14 — “Repatriation flights are not free, and passengers will be required to sign a promissory loan agreement and may not be eligible to renew their U.S. passports until the loan is repaid. Cost may be $2,000 or more per person.”
  • At the Pentagon, US military officials bitter as they watch chaos in Kabul

    08/16/2021 9:08:12 PM PDT · by blueplum · 62 replies
    AFP via msn ^ | 16 Aug 2021 | uncredited
    The mood was sombre Monday in the corridors of the Pentagon, where US military personnel watched helplessly as chaos erupted at Kabul airport and privately criticized the slow pace of Joe Biden's administration in evacuating US-allied Afghans who fear Taliban retribution. Some criticized the State Department, which has sole authority to grant visas to former interpreters and other US military support staff and their families, for waiting more than two months to begin the process for Afghans in fear of their lives. .. ...Another Pentagon official interviewed by AFP said that diplomats had tried to speed up the visa process...
  • Security Alert: Repatriation Assistance for U.S. Citizens – August 14, 2021

    08/15/2021 6:26:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    US Embassy in Afghanistan ^ | August 14, 2021
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has received reports that international commercial flights are still operating from Kabul, but seats may not be available. The U.S. Embassy is exploring options for U.S. citizens who want to depart and who have not been able to find a seat on commercial flights. This notice is to solicit information from U.S. citizens who may wish to utilize such a options. If you have an existing flight booked, do not cancel that booking. The Embassy cannot guarantee how many or if charter flights will be available and continues to urge all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan...