It turns out that Biden’s State Department suspended a Trump-launched program for evacuating Americans from disaster zones, such as Afghanistan. It was cancelled just months before they pulled out of Afghanistan and allowed the Taliban to take over, leaving thousands of Americans stranded and facing death.
Just months before the fall of Kabul, Joe Biden’s State Department moved to discontinue a crucial State Department program geared at ensuring rapid and secure evacuations of Americans out of crisis zones.
Anthony Blinken’s State Department stopped the “Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau” early this year, which was supposed to provide medical, diplomatic, and logistical support for Americans abroad. The notification was signed only a few months before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.
Below is the document proving that the Biden State Department killed this crisis evacuation program:
National Pulse reports:
The document is dated June 11, 2021, though The National Pulse understands the decision to pause the program may have come as early as February, both undermining the original Trump-era date for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and certainly giving the Taliban time to threaten American assets and lives on the run up to Joe Biden’s September 11th date of withdrawal.
The document reveals the recommendations were approved on June 11th 2021.
Speaking exclusively to The National Pulse, former President Donald J. Trump blasted Biden’s irresponsible move:
“My Administration prioritized keeping Americans safe, Biden leaves them behind. Canceling this successful Trump Administration program before the withdrawal that would have helped tens of thousands Americans reach home is beyond disgraceful. Our withdrawal was conditions-based and perfect, it would have been flawlessly executed and nobody would have even known we left. The Biden execution and withdrawal is perhaps the greatest embarrassment to our Country in History, both as a military and humanitarian operation.”
In a lengthy article in Vanity Fair from May 2021, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR) – also referred to in overlap with a predecessor/partner bureau called “OpMed” is described as a “little-known team of medics and miracle workers—hidden deep within the U.S. Department of State.”
“Even before COVID reared its head, OpMed was finding ways to do all sorts of things, serving as the hidden hand behind daring and often dangerous operations to rescue Americans from peril abroad,” the article states, before going on to quote Secretary of State Tony Blinken on the importance of the program’s goals.
“The Bureau of Medical Services’ Directorate of Operation—or ‘OpMed,’ as we call it—is a lifeline for the Department of State and the American people… Though perhaps lesser known outside of the Department, it’s vital to our operations. That’s because OpMed provides the platform and personnel to save American lives around the world, especially in times of crisis. During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, OpMed was integral to our evacuation and repatriation of 100,000 Americans to the United States as countries began locking down their borders.”
But The National Pulse understands that career officials inside the State Department objected to the Trump-era aim of creating a Contingency and Crisis Response bureau with the express purpose of avoiding a future Benghazi-style situation for Americans overseas.
Instead, Biden’s team revoked the funding and the approval for the plan, even as the COVID-19 crisis reasserted itself, and the Afghanistan withdrawal loomed.
Now, I’m not sure how effective a program like this would be at this current moment, considering Afghanistan is no longer under crisis. But I’m sure it would have come in handy in Kabul prior to the Taliban’s arrival. However, you can’t expect much from a government that dismisses intelligence and then says no one saw this coming.
Team Biden’s incompetence just continues.