During an interview on MSNBC today a Pentagon spokesman made two stunning admissions. First the Biden administration doesn’t know how many Americans are in Afghanistan needing to evacuate and secondly they have no plan to get those people needing evacuation to the airport.

Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby was asked “If I can get some specifics here, how many Americans do you believe to be in Afghanistan right now?”

Kirby’s response was stunning “We think there are certainly thousands of Americans. We don’t have an exact count. I would say somewhere — best guess, between 5,000 and 10,000 that are near Kabul.”

“There was a message put out by the secretary of — I’m sorry, the State Department today, advising those Americans about how to queue up and how to get to the airport, so now that security is better, they don’t need to necessarily shelter in place and they can begin movement to the airport for processing for flights out.”

Then to make matters worse Kirby announced the Pentagon has no plan to get those people stranded around the city and the country to the airport.

MSNBC host John Berman asked Kirby if the Pentagon had a plan to get people to the airport. “The reason I’ve been asking you about those numbers is just because of that. I want to understand how you’re going to do that, because there are only so many people at the airport right now.

“There aren’t 20,000 people at the airport right now. There aren’t 5,000 to 10,000 Americans at the airport. They’re at their homes either in Kabul or the area. What is the plan to get these people to the airport?”

Kirby’s answer was equally stunning “First of all, from a military perspective, John, our focus is at the airport. Security and stability at the airport so we can keep operations going. We’re working hand in glove with the State Department in terms of supporting their plans at processing these individuals, but again, that’s something that we’re going to be doing on a case-by-case, day-by-day basis.”

“Right now, though, I don’t want to set the expectation that we are equipped and able to go out into the countryside and physically move people into Kabul. Our focus right now, the troops that we have there are at the airport. The idea is to make sure we can get the air operations, not only have they resumed, but to keep them in place for as long as possible.”

Berman then pressed further “If they can’t get to the airport, what does it matter if you have the capabilities to get them out from the airport?”

Kirby then responded with a non-answer “John, I understand that. And we all understand that the security situation in Kabul is not ideal. Right now the airport is open and people are able to get through the gates there. There’s a processing process that actually has to occur. But right now things are moving out of the airport and again, our focus is on making sure that continues.”


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