Blinken defends chaotic Kabul withdrawal, says Biden administration is now focused on threat to Afghan ‘LGBTQI+ community'
Added 09-13-21 08:37:02pm EST - “US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied accusations of a botched retreat from Afghanistan, blaming the Trump administration for any failures and saying Washington is focused on protecting LGBTQ and other vulnerable Afghans.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Blinken defends chaotic Kabul withdrawal, says Biden administration is now focused on threat to Afghan ‘LGBTQI+ community’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
“Thank you for rightly putting the spotlight on concerns about the LGBTQI+ community in Afghanistan and the particular threat that they find themselves under,” Blinken told US Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) on Monday in a House hearing on the Afghan withdrawal.
[email protected]: “The LGBTQI community in Afghanistan … is something that we’re focused on.” pic.twitter.com/RJgitvJAI9
It’s not clear how Blinken intends to protect LGBTQ and other vulnerable Afghans, as the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan even before the Biden administration could complete its exit. The administration on Monday announced $64 million in new humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, saying the money will be routed to charities and UN agencies to avoid letting it get into the hands of the Taliban.
USAID, led by notable interventionist Samantha Power, will send the money through nongovernmental organizations to “provide life-saving support directly to Afghans facing the compounding effects of insecurity, conflict, recurring natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to the announcement.
Blinken implied that the US has some level of leverage over the Taliban, even while acknowledging that the Islamist group has prevented some Americans and US allies from leaving the country on charter flights.
Secretary Blinken just acknowledged the Taliban has blocked charter flights out of Afghanistan, with Americans still there trying to get out. We’re in a hostage crisis. And today Joe Biden is campaigning in California.— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) September 13, 2021
.@RepMcCaul: "Is it true that President Putin threatened the president of the United States, saying he could not build intelligence capabilities in the region?"Blinken: "This is an important question & one that...we need to take up in" a classified setting pic.twitter.com/TlIOR9JznP— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 13, 2021
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