‘We are going to see Afghan interpreters lined up against a wall and machine-gunned’: Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy demands Biden get visas for translators and McConnell says Afghanistan is ‘unraveling’ amid troop pullout
Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy said Tuesday that Afghan interpreters could see a violent end if the U.S. doesn’t move to get them evacuated amid the pull-out, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that Afghanistan was ‘unraveling.’
Leahy appeared on MSNBC Tuesday morning and talked about why he included funding to help Afghan refugees in a larger $3.7 billion emergency spending bill that also includes funding for the Capitol Police.
‘If they’re not given refugee status, we’re going to see pictures of them lined up against the wall and machine-gunned,’ the Vermont Democrat said, saying he feared violence at the hands of the Taliban. ‘That’s not an exaggeration.’
But that hardly means the move has been given a bipartisan blessing.
McConnell, the chamber’s top Republican, lambasted the move in a Tuesday Senate floor speech.
‘Our reckless rush to the exits is becoming a global embarrassment,’ the Kentucky Republican said. ‘He’s ignoring the truth unfolding before our very eyes: Afghanistan is unraveling.’
Some of the latest shocking images come from a video that emerged this week that purported to show 22 Afghan Special Forces soldiers gunned down by Taliban fighters.
CNN reported that the killings occurred on June 16 and that witnesses told the network the special forces arrived in armored vehicles, spent two hours in a gun-fight with the Taliban, and then ran out of ammunition.
They received no air support or back-up of any kind, despite calling for reinforcements.
‘The other forces betrayed the commandos,’ an anonymous official told Stars and Stripes magazine at the time.
In his Thursday address, Biden vowed that the U.S. would support Afghans who assisted the war effort.