Inconsistent Messaging Obscures True Number of Americans Stranded in Afghanistan

Inconsistent Messaging Obscures True Number of Americans Stranded in Afghanistan


U.S. troops fully withdrew from Afghanistan on Monday in accordance with President Joe Biden’s arbitrary August 31 deadline, ending a 20-year war and reportedly stranding “a small number of Americans — under 200 and likely closer to 100,” according to the U.S. State Department.

Both the Pentagon and the State Department on Monday said between 5,400- 6,000 Americans were rescued from Afghanistan out of more than 122,000 evacuees, touting the number as proof of a successful withdrawal. But it does not take a mathematician to see that the numbers simply do not add up.

On August 17, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a press briefing that 11,000 Americans were estimated to be behind enemy lines. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby on the same day said between 10,000 and 15,000 Americans were still in Afghanistan.

Just two days later on August 19, Kirby  said “I don’t

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