Pentagon Downplays Americans Being Stranded in Afghanistan, Says Our Citizens ‘Get Stranded in Countries All The Time’


Pentagon press secretary John Kirby is downplaying the fact that Americans have been left stranded in Afghanistan until Taliban control by saying that our citizens get stranded in foreign countries “all the time.”

During an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Kirby said that there is not really “a military role” in saving the people who are left there.

“We have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time and we do everything we can to try to facilitate safe passage,” Kirby said.

The Pentagon press secretary was asked if he could pinpoint how many Americans were left stranded and he claimed that the number who actually want to leave is believed to be “in the low hundreds.”

“Do you expect you’ll have a role in getting those people out of the country?” MSNBC host Willie Geist asked.

“We don’t really see a military role right now,” Kirby replied, explaining that they expect there to be more diplomatic dealings instead of boots on the ground.

“So what does that look like? How does diplomacy get those people out of the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan?” Geist asked.

Kirby said that they will “do everything they can to try to facilitate safe passage,” including “leverage tools we have available to hold them to account.” The press secretary did not expand on what those tools are.

“We have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time and we do everything we can to try to facilitate safe passage and we have made it clear what our expectations are to the Taliban,” Kirby replied. “And if the Taliban want to govern, and they say they do … we’re going to hold them to their deeds not just words so there are leverage tools we have available to us to hold them to account. But that’s the effort. It’s going to be a whole of government effort but I don’t see a military role at this time.”

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7 responses to “Pentagon Downplays Americans Being Stranded in Afghanistan, Says Our Citizens ‘Get Stranded in Countries All The Time’”

  1. neilinda says:

    What is not said in any of his comments is that most Americans tend to visit and have problems in countries where we have active and available embassies.
    Whoops- maybe he forgot they gave that up too. 🙁

  2. DanielBrownlee says:

    It was an honor to serve you all for the time I did because you are worth it.

  3. SpartanSpear says:

    They are behind enemy lines and should be considered prisoners of war or stranded in enemy territory until they are freed. We are not at war with other countries, we are at war with the Taliban and ISIS. Or at least we were until last week apparently.

  4. pandusa says:

    God bless you all. The American people are with you.

  5. pandusa says:

    To bad US politicians and officials like this one don’t get stranded in radical foreign countries “all the time”.

  6. DanielBrownlee says:

    Wow

    The soldiers creed
    I am an American Soldier.

    I am a warrior and a member of a team.

    I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

    I will always place the mission first.

    I will never accept defeat.

    I will never quit.

    I will never leave a fallen comrade.

    I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

    I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

    I am an expert and I am a professional.

    I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

    I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

    I am an American Soldier.

  7. Wolv256 says:

    Counterpoint: Burn in Hell, you despicable monsters!

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