White House Signals It Won’t Rescue Americans From Ukraine

White House Signals It Won't Rescue Americans From Ukraine

(RightWing.org) – It seems the Biden administration has learned something from last August’s disaster in Kabul – it can’t evacuate Americans from danger zones. Now, as Russian tanks mass on the borders of Ukraine, the White House has announced it won’t even try this time.

On January 22, the White House announced that President Biden ordered the families of all personnel at the US Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country immediately, citing the danger of a Russian invasion. At the same time, the State Department warned US citizens not to travel to Ukraine and said if Russia attacks, “the US government will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens.”

On a practical level, an evacuation during a Russian attack would be difficult and dangerous. When the Taliban overran Kabul, the airport could function as long as US and allied troops could keep the insurgents outside the perimeter. If Russia invades Ukraine, hundreds of modern anti-aircraft systems and Russian air force coverage will accompany its forces. The risk to evacuation flights would be extreme.

At this point, the only thing the Biden administration can do to protect Americans in Ukraine is to deter Russia from invading in the first place. While they’ve finally started trying, their efforts could be too little, too late.

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