‘We are now day 10 of Americans held hostage, trapped behind enemy lines – and clearly the president is letting the Taliban control the shots,’ Hannity said to start his show Tuesday night.
‘Your commander in chief has now humiliated this entire country and is being bullied by the terrorists, by the Taliban.’
Hannity then railed against the president for not committing to keeping United States forces in Afghanistan past the Taliban’s August 31 deadline, and not committing to rescuing every American and our ‘Afghan partners that we promised we would get out if this day ever came.’
‘Biden, he just signed the death certificates of every Afghan that has helped us in the last 20 years,’ Hannity said, ‘and apparently they even have access to computer data so that these people will be hunted down, they will be murdered, their families will be murdered.’
He added that women and children in the country have already been gassed, whipped and stabbed, and many evacuees have paid ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ to hire private military contractors to escort them to the airport in Kabul.
‘Joe seems to care less,’ Hannity claimed.
FOX News host Sean Hannity railed against President Joe Biden in his latest episode, as thousands of Americans and Afghan allies remain stuck in the country under Taliban rule as the United States prepares to withdraw to meet the Taliban’s August 31 deadline to evacuate
He said the situation could have been avoided if Biden reversed course on his plan to take troops out of Afghanistan as the Taliban started to gain control of the country in May, with most of the country under Taliban control by July.
‘There was no plan in place whatsoever,’ Hannity claimed.
Meanwhile, he said, Dutch, French and British troops have crossed enemy lines to ensure the safety of their residents, even though American forces were ordered ‘not to leave the airport.’
US special forces have since conducted rescue missions outside – many using helicopters – although details remain scare, and security officials have stayed tight-lipped to avoid compromising possible future sorties.
‘This is utter humiliation on the world stage,’ Hannity said, ‘and worse, thousands of Americans and thousands of our friends and allies are likely to be murdered soon by the Taliban that are now in full control.’
But, he said, ‘the president can still change course,’ although he soon expressed doubt that Biden would change his strategy calling him a ‘career politician’ that only cares about himself and those closest to him making money.
Still, Hannity urged the president to ‘grow a spine, answer some basic, pivotal, important questions’ and ‘be honest for a change.’
‘Commit that every American is out before you leave Afghanistan,’ Hannity said to Biden. ‘Why would you leave one American behind, Joe?
‘Will you pledge not to leave a single American behind?’ he pressed. ‘Do we have Special Forces on the ground? Are you willing to send them to rescue American citizens who are telling the news media they can’t get to the airport?
‘Will you commit to extracting our Afghan partners, who we promised to get out if this day ever came?’
A worker used an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of an Afghan girl who was evacuated from Kabul and brought to Madrid, Spain
The refugees lined up in Spain after disembarking a rescue flight, as thousands of Americans and Afghani allies remain stuck living under Taliban rule
The Taliban has warned that it would not recognize any extension of the United States’ evacuation plans, nor would it ensure that forces that stay beyond August 31 won’t be subject to attack.
On Tuesday, the president said the U.S. would stick to its promise to lead Kabul by Aug. 31 if it stuck to its agreement to allow Westerners and vulnerable Afghans free passage to the airport.
Some have estimated there were 10,000 to 15,000 in the country before the evacuations began, but National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the exact number is hard to assess because many Americans did not register with the embassy when they arrived in the country and didn’t de-register when they left.
In the meantime, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, the US will continue talks with the Taliban.
‘Ultimately, it will be the president’s decision how this proceeds, no one else’s,’ he told the Wall Street Journal on Monday, adding: ‘We believe that we have time between now and the 31st to get out any American who wants to get out.’
As of Tuesday, officials report 58,700 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 14, a day before the Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul and US diplomats were ferried out by helicopter
The United States is currently prioritizing the evacuation of American citizens green card holders, their spouses and their children, the Journal reports, with many of the Afghans who were employed by the embassy or other U.S. agencies still waiting to be rescued
As of Tuesday, officials report 58,700 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 14, a day before the Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul and US diplomats were ferried out by helicopter.
A total of 57 coalition flights and 37 US military flights evacuated roughly 21,600 people from Kabul within 24 hours as of 3 am Tuesday, according to White House numbers.
The country is currently prioritizing American citizens, green card holders, their spouses and their children, the Journal reports, with many of the Afghans who were employed by the embassy or other U.S. agencies still waiting to be rescued.
‘They’re getting very worried,’ an unnamed official told the Journal. ‘These are the people we could have helped out weeks ago.
‘Unless we evacuate within a day or two, it’s not going to end well.’
The official added that the Taliban are already screening documents outside the Kabul airport, and there is concern that the group may raise objections when it comes time to evacuate locally-employed Afghan staff in higher numbers.
On Monday, House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff said it was ‘unlikely’ that the US will be able to evacuate all US citizens and Afghan translators and other US allies by President Joe Biden’s deadline of August 31.
‘Given the number of Americans who still need to be evacuated, the number of [Special Immigration Visas], the number of others who are members of the Afghan press, civil society leaders women leaders, it’s hard for me to imagine all of that can be accomplished between now and the end of the month,’ he said.