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The Washington Post editorial board called the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal of US troops and the evacuation efforts from Afghanistan a “moral disaster” in a new editorial.

The US military made its last evacuation flight out of Afghanistan on Monday. The latest flight ended the 20-year war in Afghanistan, but broke the promise to bring all Americans home before officially leaving the country. The administration admitted that at least 100 Americans were still stranded, despite Biden’s promise to get all Americans out.

“America is leaving thousands behind in Afghanistan. It’s a moral disaster, ”reads the headline of the Washington Post, referring not only to Americans but to Afghans in danger.

The Biden administration has touted how 122,000 people have been evacuated from the country since the end of July. But the editors said that number was “not large enough”, pointing out that former US performers and their families, as well as vulnerable Afghans are being left behind.

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“As security deteriorated following a horrific terrorist attack at the airport last Thursday and US troops prepared for their own departure on Monday, time and space ran out for these people,” wrote the editors. “This is a moral disaster, attributable not to the actions of military and diplomatic personnel in Kabul – who were courageous and professional, in the face of deadly dangers – but to the errors, strategic and tactical, of Mr. Biden and of its administration. “

The Washington Post editorial board said the Biden administration must use every tool at its disposal to get vulnerable Americans and Afghans out of Afghanistan.

The estimated 4,000 students, faculty, alumni and staff of the American University of Afghanistan, a US-funded civilian institution, for example, remain in Kabul, the Post noted. Leslie Schweitzer, president of Friends of America, University of Afghanistan, told Fox News on Sunday that many of these students felt “abandoned”, noting AUAF was “not a priority” for evacuations .

“Our students love America because we gave them this amazing, world-class education, and now they feel abandoned by the US government,” she said on Fox News Live.

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Schweitzer said she was “absolutely petrified” about what would become of the AUAF students.

The Post concluded that while it is true that the Biden administration has power over the Taliban, they “must” use it to bring abandoned individuals to safety.

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Pressed by “America’s Newsroom” anchors Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino why the administration broke its promise to save all Americans, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that even though the military mission is over, the administration remains committed to helping Americans get to safety.

“The military mission is over, Bill. We’re no longer on the ground in Afghanistan to facilitate that kind of safe passage,” Kirby said. “But that doesn’t mean that the administration or the government will turn a blind eye to trying to help them get home.”


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