On Thursday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a letter written by an American citizen who remains stranded in Afghanistan along with his wife.
In the October 15 letter to President Biden, the American citizen wrote, “I am pleading with you again as a fellow proud American and as a husband to help my wife, and I get home from Afghanistan.”
The American explained the risks he and his wife took to get through Taliban checkpoints, only to discover the October 4 flight was canceled “because passengers did not have visas for UAE, where the flight was to land.” The American never received a call to go to the airport for the flight that left on October 11.
“The third scheduled for October 13 was apparently canceled. We learned details of the latter flights from our Congressman, the Hon. Darrell Issa, who flew to Doha to meet us, and not from the DOS,” he continued, explaining these were not their only attempts made since August.
We understood early on that one issue was my wife’s immigration status — she has been waiting for her green card interview since 2019. We understand that we will have to continue the process in a third country before we can come home, and have completed all the E-visa requirements as directed by DOS. We simply do not understand why we were not called for the flight on Monday, and the DOS cannot explain it to us or to Congressman Issa.
The information we’re receiving from DOS is not consistent with what is happening. They also continue to use WhatsApp to communicate with us, which, as evidenced by the blackout last week, is not secure or a reliable means of communication. I regretfully do not know whether to trust the DOS with our life and safety or to turn to other means to escape. This is not a position I would wish on anyone, and certainly not American citizens.
“There are a number of things for which we are grateful, however. We are fortunate to have our health,” he said, noting that he has been helping female Americans “without male escorts stuck in Kabul by retrieving critical medication from pharmacies.” He also expressed gratitude for the “support of veterans with which I served alongside and NGOs.”
“Those volunteers work 24 hours a day to help ensure our health and safety and that of the other Americans trapped here,” he said, begging the President to intervene.
“But I am an American, and I am begging you to get us home. I know you will do the right thing, Sir,” he wrote.
In a statement, Issa said his office has continued to work to bring American citizens home from Afghanistan:
Throughout these efforts, we have seen the worst of the Biden Administration’s disorganized and ineffective efforts to bring our people home. The correspondence I am releasing today is difficult to read, as it captures what one of our fellow citizens is enduring in the aftermath of this President’s disastrously reckless Afghanistan pullout. No American should have to beg their President to bring them home from a dangerous foreign land. And yet, that is exactly what this member of our community and so many other American citizens may feel forced to do.
Issa said, “Shame on this White House for its betrayal of our fellow citizens.”
Issa announced the return of a trapped pregnant American woman last month after Biden left hundreds of Americans behind.
The State Department is apparently occupied with other matters, such as highlighting devotion to “International Pronouns Day.”