The United States of America has abandoned thousands of Americans in Sudan, despite other countries being able to evacuate their own citizens from the war-torn country this week. Why is that? The White House hasn’t really offered to explain, other than to say that the intelligence suggested it was too dangerous.
During a U.S.-negotiated 72-hour ceasefire in Sudan, countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Holland, and more have been able to facilitate travel for their nationals in the country. U.S. diplomatic staff were safely rescued, but for some reason, U.S. intelligence said it was too dangerous to try and evacuate any non-government Americans, of which there are an estimated 16,000 men, women, and children.
When pressed on why the most powerful country in the world couldn’t evacuate more people, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not really answer on Thursday.
“Given the President’s direction and what you’re saying right now, a number of other countries have evacuated citizens over the course of the last several days and taken advantage of the ceasefire the U.S. helped put into place,” a reporter said during the daily press briefing. “The U.S. still has not. What is different about your risk assessment right now or security assessment than what other countries are looking at as they’ve gone in and gotten their people out?”
It’s a good question, but Jean-Pierre evaded it by suggesting that a direct answer would implicate foreign intelligence operations and security.
“And we have been clear on what the President — laying out, which is what I did — laying out, at the President’s direction, what we have done, how we move forward, how we worked with allies and partners to get Americans out,” Jean-Pierre said. “And we’ve been pretty clear about this for the past several months, for the past year, what — the situation in Sudan. And so, we’re going to continue to have those conversations.”
She added, “I’m certainly not going to get into any — any intelligence or how that’s come about or how we come to certain — certain kind of intelligence, surveillance, or reconnaissance.”
The reporter appeared annoyed by her hesitation to answer.
“The security alerts from the State Department over the course of the last year never told people to leave,” he said. “They told people never to travel there.”
“Yeah, that’s true,” Jean-Pierre replied.
“Clearly, there’s something that’s being seen,” he said. “I’m not asking for intelligence. I’m just saying, can you explain the process here, given the President’s directive to help?”
Not surprisingly, she could not explain other than to say the State Department was providing assistance.
But according to several Americans who have family members in Sudan trying to flee, the State has been mediocre.
“To be honest with you, the State Department was useless, utterly useless throughout this entire period,” one man whose parents were trying to escape Sudan said to CNN.
“We expected the Department to provide some kind of guidance, but the guidance was the template, just shelter in place, no critical information being provided,” he added.
Others concurred with that assessment.
“I am incredibly shocked and disgusted by the American lackluster response to the health and safety of their citizens,” Muna Daoud, whose parents were stuck in Sudan, told the outlet.
The question remains, why was the U.S.’ handling of this so dismal as smaller nations managed it with ease?
“It was quite perplexing because I don’t understand how other nations were able to secure buses and evacuate their citizens and devise plans to get hundreds of their citizens out, and we’re patting ourselves on the back for getting 70 diplomats out,” one individual said to CNN.
Well, the answer is that the Biden administration is incompetent and filled with unqualified individuals. This administration prioritizes equity over excellence. Their focus is not safety, nor is it looking after the American citizen. Their main goal is transforming the federal government — domestic and foreign policy-wise alike — into a vehicle to turn the country into a socialist nation based on race and other immutable characteristics.
Biden, as opined yesterday, isn’t really in charge, and his underlings focus on everything except their actual job duties. So, that’s why the U.S. has been so behind the eight-ball on this. That ineptitude is going to get people killed — two Americans have already died in Sudan in recent weeks.
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