Yet according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal, there are more than 20,000 Afghans who were promised US visas. But due to the State Department’s bureaucratic rules, it may take 12-18 months to process them. Most of those people fear they’ll be murdered by the Taliban before their visa is approved. This is a pretty powerful symbol to people around the world– that regardless of what you’ve been promised, America will leave you to be slaughtered. Then there’s the appalling level of incompetence and miscalculation in failing to anticipate this outcome. It was only five weeks ago when the US president insisted that “the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.” And yet it happened in a week.
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