Rep. Ronny Jackson to Newsmax: Americans Fending for Selves in Afghanistan (Newsmax/"Wake Up America")
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Tuesday, 31 August 2021 09:44 AM
It's "ridiculous" to think that Americans left in Afghanistan will be able to get out now that U.S. soldiers are gone when they were not able to escape while the military was there, Rep. Ronny Jackson said on Newsmax Tuesday.
"Their only option at this point is to take these dangerous, treacherous treks, [of] six, eight, 10 hours across the country, to try to get across the border to another country, and they have to cross through multiple Taliban checkpoints on the way," the Texas Republican said on Newsmax's "Wake Up America." "These are American citizens and we have left them to fend for themselves in the middle of the most heinous terrorist group on the planet."
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Tuesday on MSNBC that there are still "low hundreds" of Americans in Afghanistan, and said that there will not be a "whole of government effort" rather than the military playing a role in getting them out.
"If they get captured by ISIS, you know what's going to happen," Jackson told Newsmax. "It's going to be horrible. We're going to see the images that we saw in the Obama administration with the orange jumpsuits again, and people being decapitated on camera. That's the kind of stuff that's out there."
He added that "it makes my blood boil" that Americans have been left behind, and that it's "shameful [and] it is embarrassing."
The congressman further told Newsmax that there are 77 people from his district alone who remain in Afghanistan.
"I have a woman and three children who have been trying for over a week to get out," said Jackson. "She's followed every single direction the State Department gave her. She's been to the gate multiple times. She was 200 feet from the gate the other day, and they wouldn't let her in. She went back, and she hit a Taliban checkpoint, and they struck her 15-year-old son in the head. They beat her uncle up, and they put a gun to her head and told her they didn't care who she was or what her passport was, said if she came back to the checkpoint, they were going to kill her."
And, he said, the State Department did nothing to help that woman.
"The State Department also doesn't have an exact number, I don't even know how that's possible, they don't have an exact number of how many Americans are in the country," said Jackson.
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