After Afghanistan: The Paperwork War

Y’all-itics: August 30, 2021


The deadline for the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan is upon us: August 31.  Since the rapid collapse of the Afghan government, Americans in that country, Afghans who hold Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and anyone who helped the U.S. war effort over the last 20-years have been scrambling to leave the country.  And as our military action winds down in Afghanistan, it is the dawn of a new battle, a war over paperwork.  Many critics of the withdrawal openly question why adequate preparations weren’t made to give hundreds of thousands of people time to get their paperwork together.  Now, many are trapped in limbo with their lives on the line.  Unfortunately, it looks like they could be stuck in that dangerous situation for quite a while.  In this episode of Y’all-itics, the Jasons are joined by Holly Kuzmich, the Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas who talks about the frantic efforts save some of their own colleagues, all while trying to continue their promise to help empower women across the globe.  And Holly Kuzmich predicts there will be plenty of Congressional hearings to investigate what went wrong.


Holly Kuzmich, Bush Institute Executive Director

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