The situation in Afghanistan will have a large impact on many people, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to know exactly what to expect, in a letter to President Joe Biden.
In the letter obtained by Daily Wire, DeSantis put forward 6 demands, outlining his concerns for Florida and the nation in general in the wake of President Biden’s contentious withdrawal from Afghanistan. In it, he blasts President Biden for his handling of the Afghanistan situation, and decries the lack of communication and prompt information from the Biden administration:
“As President Biden’s self-imposed August 31, 2021, evacuation deadline approaches and the situation rapidly deteriorates, the continued lack of information sharing is unacceptable. The crisis in Afghanistan is of President Biden’s own making, yet the consequences extend beyond the borders of Afghanistan and into the United States. The current situation on the ground in Afghanistan was avoidable and predictable. It will impact the safety of Americans and military partnerships for decades to come. I have a responsibility to protect the safety of every Floridian and stress the imperative of an immediate response.”
The six questions Governor DeSantis then put forward are as follows:
- How many Floridians remain in Afghanistan?
- What is the Administration doing to ensure the safe evacuation of all American citizens and all
eligible Afghan partners?
- How many Afghans are being evacuated to the United States and where are they going?
- What is the vetting process of Afghans being transported to the United States?
- Have any evacuees been flagged for possible ties to terrorism during security protocols?
- What will happen to American citizens and Afghan allies left in harm’s way on September 1, 2021?
While the military withdrawal from Afghanistan appears complete, countless Americans have remained stranded in the war-torn country, a subject the Biden administration has been evasive on. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that a “small number” of Americans remain in Afghanistan – but refused to take questions or further elaborate.
Regarding Governor DeSantis’ questions 4 and 5, the Washington Times reported on Monday that one individual had already been detained by US law enforcement personnel because the man was a previously deported rapist that had managed to get onto an evacuation flight from Afghanistan. Of the refugees had been flagged as potentially having ties to ISIS, while as many as 100 additional men had been flagged for other security concerns, according to Defense One.
Relating to question 6, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had stated on Sunday that the administration was counting on diplomatic assistance -from the Taliban- to extract any remaining Americans safely. This was not very reassuring to those left behind, some of whom fear death at the hands of the Taliban, especially given the Biden administration’s alleged decision to hand the Taliban a list of names of Americans and other key allies remaining.
At the time of writing, there has been no response from President Biden to Governor DeSantis’ questions.
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