As if it weren’t bad enough that thousands of Americans remain unaccounted for in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return to power last week, now reporters are being reprimanded for using the term “stranded” to describe the U.S. citizens now stuck in the country.
“I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki yesterday. “We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home. We are in touch with them via phone, via text, via email, via any way that we can possibly reach Americans to get them home if they want to return home.”
Well, I happen to think it’s pretty irresponsible that the government totally blew the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in the first place. Officials cannot even count exactly how many Americans are trapped there. Estimates range between 8,000 and 15,000 people.
It’s irresponsible that our defense secretary recently declared that the military troops on the ground “don’t have the capability to go out and collect up large numbers of people” that are having trouble reaching the Kabul airport. That means journalists like Susannah George have had to rely on help from other countries to get out.