Forty-five organizations representing U.S. veterans have sent a letter to President Joe Biden to demand a virtual meeting to discuss assisting Afghan allies as the administration has been evacuating American citizens and U.S. partners in Afghanistan.
“We urgently request a meeting with you ahead of the full evacuation of American personnel in Afghanistan to discuss fulfilling our commitment to our Afghan allies,” the group said.
Although Biden has announced that he could extend the evacuation operations beyond the original August 31 deadline if necessary, but the veteran groups said they “remain concerned about the fates of our wartime partners.”
They argued that if the administration fails to help United States’ Afghan allies, it will harm America’s reputation and cause regret for the war veterans who promised their allies that America would keep them safe.
“Failing to meet our obligations to these Afghans would not only be a national security risk—harming America’s reputation abroad and eroding the trust in our armed forces that is critical for future operations—it would also condemn veterans and survivors of the conflict in Afghanistan to a lifetime of moral injury,” the group wrote.
“We hope your efforts will not only underline that the U.S. meets its commitments, but also help veterans of this conflict avoid the pain and regret of personally making promises on behalf of our country only to have our political leadership fail to meet those commitments,” they added.
The email was sent on Monday, Aug. 23, one day after Biden said that his administration is evacuating American citizens, NATO allies, and Afghanis who had helped the U.S. in the war effort, but admitted that the evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul is now going to be hard due to rapidly changing security environment.
“We’re working hard and as fast as we can to get people out. That’s our mission. That’s our goal. And our determination to get every American citizen home and to evacuate our Afghan allies is unwavering,” he said on Sunday.