Frantic Exodus From Afghanistan Ties U.S. In Logistical Knot At Kabul Airport

Frantic Exodus From Afghanistan Ties U.S. In Logistical Knot At Kabul Airport

david from what you have experienced trying to get to here’s family help um from what you have learned through that process again which is an unusual thing for you this sort of advocacy and calling calling us government officials not just for information but to try to get them to do something does the kind of escalation and additional resources that have reportedly been put toward this problem sound like the right kind of stuff to speed it up what we’ve been told is they’re going to have 1c17 taking off an hour as of tomorrow here today in afghanistan they’re going to surge state department personnel to handle the processing of visas they’re going to surge them specifically into kabul they are going to they freed up 500 million dollars as of yesterday by the president’s order to try to sort of supercharge the entire process um is are are those the kinds of things that you think might open these these clogged arteries any any further any faster is this the right is this the right escalation they might uh i’ll i’ll say that another person i read about the story is wahid wafa he was a reporter for 10 years for the new york times he was at the airport on that very first day and they’re supposed to be i don’t know the exact number but you know the administration the president said 5 000 troops there but he saw about 500 americans who were surrounded by tens of thousands of afghans they were scared it seemed the americans are being overwhelmed by this crowd so they ha you know these resources have to come in and we’re just talking about extending this effort for you know a week or two what’s amazing is behind the scenes is there’s this massive effort you mentioned the three news organizations there’s women’s rights advocates that have chartered planes to come in and try to bring the best and brightest female students out of kabul that are attending universities there’s there’s all these charters that are trying to get in to bring these afghans out private organizations trying to save afghans who’ve helped us all for 20 years and they can’t get in because of the lack of organization and again the lack of planning by this administration so we can leave afghanistan it doesn’t have to be this chaotic we have a moral duty to get people like to hear and what he’d out and particularly the young women you were talking about earlier in the broadcast i was struck today david listening to the pentagon briefing um with appropriately very hard questions being thrown at the pentagon spokesman and the general who they put up at the podium today i was struck by the claim from pentagon spokesman that having the 82nd airborne go in to secure the airfield establish order to establish not only control over things like air traffic control but to secure the perimeter and to widen the perimeter if that’s necessary to truly have safety and freedom of movement around that space but that’s something that the 82nd airborne does that’s the kind of that’s the kind of targeted mission that nobody has any cynicism about the us military’s ability to to uh to pull off despite what we’ve just seen from this 20-year war and all of its complications i wonder if the sort of unified very specific focus of the us military here might at least be able to bring the kind of order in coming days that would allow for the private efforts you were just describing to come to fruition to get charter planes whether they’re going to doha or whether they’re going to dubai or wherever that wherever they’re wherever they’re flying to to get those sort of private get clearance essentially for those private efforts according to the afghans i spoke to today um the american soldiers aren’t doing that they felt bad for the american soldiers they didn’t have barbed wire they didn’t have any kind of equipment to control the crowds you know the only things the american soldiers had that they saw were rifles and machine guns there’s a tiny little part of the airport that was controlled i think it’s expanded a bit today but the vast majority of the airport is not controlled um tahir my friend was an american citizen he got an email saying that his family should show up at the main gate thousands of afghans were there there was uh messaging between journalists about that afghans shouldn’t follow the instructions of the u.s embassy to go to that gate because the taliban were there there was no security and i think as as the days go by and we often sort of report hard here the amount of of just poor planning and very poor management carried on by this the biden white house is is going to be appalling and i just keep hearing deep frustration from the news organizations that are simply trying to get planes in to bring their people out david rhode pulitzer prize-winning journalist executive editor at the new yorker.com somebody with personal experience that gives him not only unique connection with those men who you are trying to help but also unique perspective on what needs to be done here david thank you so much for your time and good luck to here and his family and to the others who are trying to help [Music] you
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Frantic Exodus From Afghanistan Ties U.S. In Logistical Knot At Kabul Airport

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