Two US members of the House of Representatives said they were in Kabul on August 24, monitoring evacuation activities at the city’s international airport.
According to Moulton, Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) And Peter Meyer (R-Mich.) Visited the airport on Tuesday.
“It was indescribable for our young Marines and soldiers to witness at the gates and navigate the confluence of humanity, the most vivid and visceral human beings the world has ever seen.” Moulton writes. twitter..
“The world has never really seen what America is doing in Kabul this week. It’s very tragic and very heroic. In the worst case, fear and despair. The best hope and humanity. “
Both lawmakers are military veterans and have a background in the region. Marines Moulton, who has frankly criticized the Iraq War, has taken several tours in Iraq. Meyer was deployed as part of the Army Reserve and later provided assistance to a non-governmental organization in Afghanistan. Both are members of the Senate Military Committee.
The United States has made extensive evacuation efforts from Kabul’s airport after a Taliban terrorist group captured Afghanistan in a phenomenal electric shock earlier this month.
President Joe Biden’s administration faces bipartisan criticism of the lack of preparedness for the evacuation of US citizens and Afghans who worked with the exiled government and the Allies.
“We made this visit in secret to reduce the risk and impact on the mission, and in full seats reserved for the crew so as not to take a seat from anyone else. I insisted on leaving it on no plane, “Moulton said. ..
“Washington should be ashamed of our position to place service members, but they represent the best in the United States,” Molton continued. “We attended this visit, like most veterans, with the desire to encourage the President to extend the August 31 deadline. We talked to the commander of the scene and talked about the situation here. Looking at it, it’s clear that no matter what we do, we can’t get everyone out on time because the evacuation started late. Sadly frustrating, we take our people out. It depends on maintaining the current strange relationship with the Taliban. “
Biden said on Tuesday that the United States is at a pace to complete its evacuation efforts by August 31, if the Taliban continue to cooperate. Parliamentarians on both sides of the aisle are wondering if the administration can meet the deadline at the end of the month. It is estimated that the number of Americans in Afghanistan was 10,000 to 15,000 before the evacuation began.
“The better we can get it done, the better,” Biden said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Daily operations pose additional risks to our troops, but completion by August 31 will continue to work with the Taliban to give people in transit access to the airport, and ours. It depends on not interrupting the operation. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.