Afghanistan experts: Biden must bring Afghan interpreters to the U.S. They can’t be left behind.
Weeks after President Biden announced that he will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, experts James Miervaldis and Simone Ledeen are calling for an airlift for all non-soldiers that helped in the U.S.-led war effort. They joined “The Sara Carter Show” on Thursday to discuss the urgent situation.
James Miervaldis is a board member of “No One Left Behind,” an organization dedicated to resettling interpreters after they’ve risked their lives informing U.S. troops. Miervaldis is volunteering for the cause because Congress isn’t moving fast enough, he says.
“Congress had appropriated roughly 10,000 visas at the end of last year,” Miervaldis said. But also, “had about 70,000 people in the queue.” Simone Ledeen agrees that these interpreters need the help of organizations like No One Left Behind.
Ledeen is a senior fellow with the Middle East Institute. She is also former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East.
“We’ve got 18 weeks to go,” Ledeen said, referring to the Sept. 11th deadline. “So it’s clear that they are not planning to meet the moral obligations that we have set out for ourselves in order to save these people from what’s coming.”
Many conservative politicians agree that the deadline is too soon.
For her part, host Sara Carter has spent months in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2008. Her work on Afghan women and children addicted to Opium garnered first place in Washington D.C. AP award. She embedded with troops on Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan and spent days with them while being mortared and shot at by Taliban insurgents hiding in the hillsides. She agreed with Ledeen and Miervaldis’s analysis.