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.
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Scott Mann says botched Afghanistan withdrawal was a failure on the Afghan government
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Mannn discussed the withdrawal from Afghanistan in depth on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show. Mann claims that although it was a botched withdrawal, our service members did their best. Instead, the government is to blame for the failure.
“Our Vets led the way when the government failed,” Mann said. “They fought till the last bullet. They fought until the bitter end, even when their president and their generals took bribes and abandoned them.” Therefore, Mann is advocating for immediate visas to these Afghan Special Forces.
Meanwhile, families like Sara Carter’s have stepped up to help Afghans out of the country. “It was the veteran population, for the most part, and the military family population who looked at this and said: ‘Okay, fine, nobody else is coming. I’ll do it.’ And we picked up our cell phones. We started working together to find ways to try to guide and shepherd our Afghan friends to some kind of safety, if not freedom,” Mann said. “We need their help. People like you [Sara Carter] who’ve been on this problem from the very beginning. You know, you’re on a 911 dispatch call, and you’re the dispatcher. You’ve been on the call for a month, and you are the dispatcher that is assisting a family who is being murdered one by one. You’re staying on the line with them as this is occurring. You have no shift relief.”
So Mann is lobbying Congress to write a law, that any Afghan who went through the school of excellence as a commando Afghan Special Forces, should have an immediate visa.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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