Within the last several weeks, when it appeared that the Biden administration would once again renege on their promise to extract every American citizen out of Afghanistan, thousands of former service members from every branch of the military, along with veterans groups and a number of veteran/lawmakers decided to use whatever means possible to rescue as many American citizens along with Afghan allies, trapped in Afghanistan.
One of those brave lawmakers is Oklahoma congressman, Markwayne Mullin who had been attempting to enter Afghanistan before the Biden administration surrendered control to the Taliban, and deserted an untold number of Americans and Afghan loyalists.
This is a sad day for our country. Americans have been stranded in Afghanistan by the Biden Administration and are now left to defend themselves from terrorists overrunning the country.— Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) August 30, 2021
Mullin, like countless other American patriots, has defied the administration’s attempt to block their efforts.
Days before the pull-out, Mullin appealed to the Department of Defense for permission to visit Kabul while he was visiting Greece. However, the Pentagon denied his request.
The outspoken critic of Biden’s humiliating pull-out was warned not to attempt a rescue operation of 5 American citizens, a mother and her 4-children.
However, as the crisis grew worse and the likelihood that Americans could be held as political hostages Mullin decided on an alternate plan. Late Monday the lawmaker contacted the American embassy in Tajikistan, requesting assistance. The lawmaker planned to fly from Tblisi, Georgia, into Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe.
According to the Washington Post, the Oklahoma lawmaker needed assistance to bypass Tajikistan law on cash limits into the country, from the American embassy.
He explained to embassy staff, that the cash was needed to hire a helicopter, and perhaps bribe members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
However Mullin was told “no” the U.S. Embassy would not assist him, in his effort to save Americans trapped in a hostile country.
Officials claim that Congressman Mullin became upset and threatened U.S. Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim along with embassy staff members and demanded the names of staff employees he initially spoke with.
Knowing the nature of the Biden administration’s propensity for shading the truth regarding facts, it’s likely that Ambassador Pommersheim created his own alternate reality regarding what actually occurred.
However, as of late Tuesday, U.S. officials were unsure of Mullin’s whereabouts.
Meredith Blanford, a spokeswoman for Mullin, however assured everyone that the lawmaker “has been and is currently completely safe.”
Rep. Markwayne Mullin is now headed home after a reported attempt to rescue Americans in Afghanistan in person. According to his Instagram, he's safe after "going dark for a little." @ReedReports details the Congressman's journey 👇 pic.twitter.com/TUjPZQ9ABq— Newsy (@Newsy) September 2, 2021
Adding, that he and his office; “will continue to do anything in our power to bring home all Americans from the war zone that President Biden abandoned.”
Mullin’s attempt to enter Afghanistan follows that of other so-called “unauthorized attempts” by lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle. Recently Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass) and Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), were criticized for entering Afghanistan, by both the Pentagon and the State Department, “as a public relations stunt that sapped government resources during a national-security crisis.”
However, those American and Afghan loyalists still in harms-way in Afghanistan don’t believe it’s a “public relations stunt” for volunteer patriots to do the job that the administration failed to do, in rescuing ALL of their fellow citizens.
According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken fewer than 200 American citizens remain in the country. Those numbers however cannot be accurately verified, knowing the nature of this administration’s attempt to conflate the facts.