On Tuesday, estimates show 10,000 to 40,000 American citizens in Afganistan, as several U.S. media outlets reported.
“An administration official who was not authorized to speak on the record told me that there are an estimated 10,000 U.S. citizens in the country, with the vast majority in or near Kabul. Some are residents, journalists, or aid workers who may not want to leave,” Josh Rogin stated in the Washington Post.
“Most are scrambling to escape. Some are dual nationals or children of Americans who may not have the proper passport or visas, but the State Department has not told them how to fix their paperwork.”
Biden is criticized by military officials stating he “waited too long” before evacuating American assets. It should have been done before completely withdrawing from Afganistan.
“We could have done a lot more to help. The administration waited too long,” a military official told Reuters. “Every decision has come too late and in reaction to events that make the subsequent decision obsolete.”
“The source and another U.S. official told Reuters that the administration so badly misjudged the situation that the State Department flew a regular rotation of diplomats into Kabul last Tuesday even as the Taliban advanced toward the capital,” Reuters continued.
Biden apologized for the chaos in Afganistan; however, he took no responsibility for the failed withdraw; the decision to depart was defended, just not the chaos that followed.