Former CIA Official Suggests Biden Failed To Evacuate From Sudan Due To Afghanistan Disaster
According to former CIA official George Beebe, the Biden administration’s inability to remove 16,000 individuals from Sudan may have been a consequence of the 2021 botched Afghanistan exit, which led to the deaths of 13 American soldiers.
“The fact that we’re not doing it in Sudan–the U.S. government evacuated our embassy personnel, but essentially told American nationals in Sudan that they can provide guidance on how to get out and advice, but we’re not actually going to evacuate them with U.S. government resources… That’s a departure from the norm.” Beebe explained on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show.
“And I suspect that it has a lot to do with what happened in Afghanistan–that bungled evacuation effort is something that I don’t think the Biden administration wants to see repeated.”
An estimated 16,000 American citizens are presently stuck in Sudan with no way out, according to John Kirby, who works as a coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council in the White House.
“These are people that grew up in Sudan, work in Sudan, families are in Sudan and they want to stay in Sudan, so it’s a number that is difficult to plan to specifically,” Kirby said to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview Monday on “Good Morning America.”
“We still have military forces prepositioned in the region ready to respond if need be. But right now, it’s not very safe to try to run some larger evacuation either out of the nearby air base or even just through rotary lift like we did the other night because the fighting is so intense,” added Kirby.
He then suggested that the U.S. government is not planning on assisting those 16,000 Americans anytime soon, saying that the “safest thing” for them to do is “shelter in place” and “not move around too much in the city of Khartoum.”
Just The News reported that there is currently no set plan for a rescue mission.
Beebe noted that rescue operations are typically routine, which makes it peculiar that the Biden administration did not have a plan in place for those located in Sudan.
“This is a little bit of an unusual situation in that evacuations of American nationals by the U.S. government and by the U.S. military have historically been fairly common,” he asserted. “[We’ve] done a lot of these sorts of things.”