State Department’s rescue program had 325,000 unread emails, even as it funded foreign drag shows

State Department’s rescue program had 325,000 unread emails, even as it funded foreign drag shows
Afghanistan, Aug 2021. WION video, YouTube

“A new federal watchdog report shows the State Department recently had as many as 325,000 unread emails from Afghans who assisted the U.S. war effort and want to be evacuated,” reports the Virginia Star:

The report by the State Department’s inspector general shows the number of unread emails was as of May – nearly nine months after the U.S. military completely pulled out of Afghanistan, in a chaotic last-few-days exit in which residents were seen clinging in vain to the takeoff gear of cargo evacuation planes and ultimately being left behind.

The IG report follows complaints that emails from those who helped and had been left behind remain unanswered, according to The Washington Times.

Some of the unread messages dated to August 2021, before the last troops were withdrawn, the newspaper also reports.

“As of May 2022, the email account had over 325,000 unread messages, and [the Office of the Inspector General] observed that [National Visa Center] were still opening unread emails dated from August 2021,” the report reads.

The U.S. also reportedly has a backlog of applications, reportedly as many as 300,000 – for the Special Immigrant Visa designed to get Afghan allies out of the country and into the U.S.

If Biden’s State Department isn’t spending its money on hiring people to read through the emails sent to it by desperate Afghan allies, what is it spending taxpayers money on? Foreign drag shows.

“The U.S. Department of State has awarded more than $20,000 for a cultural center in Ecuador to host ‘drag theater performances’ in the name of diversity and inclusion,” reports Fox News. The Biden administration claims that will “enhance national security by …. strengthening the relationship” between America and the “rest of the world.”

In reality, funding foreign drag shows will make America look ridiculous in the eyes of some Ecuadorians, undermining our foreign policy aims. A doctor who sometimes travels to Ecuador said,  “Why don’t they fund schools, sustainable infrastructure and food production? My friend’s family is from Ecuador and they live in a hut like structure with dirt floors & can’t afford to send their kids to school. Wtf are these priorities??

The Biden administration can be very stupid. It gave the names of some Afghans who worked for the U.S. to the Taliban, unintentionally providing them with a “kill list.” A military official evicted 50-100 Afghan allies from a plane in order to make space for a useless war trophy (a non-working Toyota pickup). That left people stranded in Afghanistan, where they could be tortured and killed by the Taliban. The Biden administration couldn’t even evacuate all our citizens from Afghanistan: Hundreds of Americans were also left behind in Afghanistan when the pro-U.S. government fell.

Even if Afghanistan mistreats our allies, there’s nothing we can do about it. Afghanistan’s Taliban government is very well armed, thanks to the Biden administration carelessly leaving behind $7 billion in weapons when the U.S. left Afghanistan. As a result, Afghanistan has “one of the most well-armed military forces in the region.” Emboldened by how quickly it toppled Afghanistan’s former U.S.-backed government, the Taliban predicted last year that “Islamic law will come not to just Afghanistan, but all over the world….Jihad will not end until the last day.”

LU Staff

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