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The Pentagon announced during a press conference on Thursday that they do not have an estimate on the number of Americans currently stranded in Kabul.
While thousands have been fortunate enough to escape the sabotaged city in Afghanistan, the concern with the American public has been how many are left to rescue and what the U.S. is proactively doing to ensure their safety. The Biden administration has been mum on the firm action the Taliban have promised to take against Americans, and with no estimate on citizens present in the capital city, some fear that not all Americans will be rescued.
Though it doesn’t know how many Americans remain in Kabul, the government does know the estimated fee that it will charge each one who is fortunate enough to catch a repatriation flight back home.
According to the DC Examiner‘s Jerry Dunleavy, a statement from the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council claims that each American rescued from Kabul will be charged $2,000 for the United States’ services. The clause reads:
“Repatriation flights are not free, & passengers will be required to sign a promissory loan agreement & may not be eligible to renew their U.S. passports til the loan is repaid. Cost may be $2,000 or more per person.”
Earlier in the week, British paratroopers were spotted entering Kabul to rescue their citizens. Meanwhile, Americans hold their breath on swift action from U.S. President Joe Biden to promise a safe evacuation before the Taliban claim the airport, their final domino to tip.
The noted $2,000 cost may not be the most paramount detail facing the U.S. administration, but it certainly reveals the president’s ineptitude and cold-heartedness regarding those American citizens stranded in a hostile Kabul.
Aside from How many Americans need to be rescued? or What is the president doing to stave off international foes?, the only question that remains is whether rescued Americans will be allowed to pay this fee in monthly increments or whether they will be assessed late fees if they don’t pay it off at once.
One more question: will the people rescued in the Air Force plane also be charged?
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