Fox News reported on Friday that three prominent American veterans criticized the Biden administration for repeatedly abandoning American citizens in the face of the growing situation in Sudan.
About 16,000 Americans are still stuck in civil war-torn Sudan, and Project Dynamo co-founder Bryan Stern told the network that his private military contractors were willing to help evacuate them.
“Project Dynamo has operated in the last 18 months where the U.S. embassy is closed and left Americans behind. First Afghanistan, then Ukraine, now here,” Stern said on “Fox & Friends” alongside Shadow Warriors Project founder Mark Geist and Mighty Oaks Foundation founder Chad Robichaux.
“So, this pattern or tactic just sends such a terrible message not just to our people, but to the world, to say nothing of the fact of there are Americans stuck in a war zone in very terrible circumstances, and they don’t need to be there,” he added.
Stern’s remarks come after the State Department issued a security advisory a few days earlier, saying that the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, had been closed due to “the uncertain security situation” and that private U.S. persons could not be evacuated.
The Biden admin abandoned 9,000 Americans in Afghanistan, 16,000 in Sudan, and abandoned residents in East Palestine, OH. See a pattern? pic.twitter.com/JGhsqiUNi7— Lowkey Rey 2.0 🇺🇸 (@AtlRey) April 28, 2023
Despite the fact that the U.S. embassy was evacuated the day before with the help of SEAL Team 6 and Army Special Forces, hundreds of people, mostly charity workers and Sudanese Americans, are still stranded in the nation.
Former Annex Security Team member Geist said the White House is trying to “downplay the importance” by referring to the remaining Americans in Sudan as “dual citizens.”
“We have people who are legal voters that are trapped and left behind in a country that’s war-torn, and the administration doesn’t want to do anything about getting that done or providing any help,” Geist declared.
Meanwhile, Robichaux drew parallels between the mishandled withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan, in August 2021 and the current crisis in Sudan, which will require the evacuation of about 800 American nationals over the course of the next year.
“We’ve abandoned Americans again,” he concluded.
As the situation in Sudan worsens, the White House on Thursday encouraged U.S. citizens to leave the country within the next 48 hours, as reported by Reuters.