On Sunday, August 15, at 5:33 GMT, the Taliban had entered Kabul, and the US-supported president of Afghanistan was preparing to flee the country. At that moment Reuters reported:
The State Department was contacting advocates to request names of Afghans in Kabul who have worked with the Americans and needed to be evacuated, two sources familiar with the matter said. The list of names could include journalists and human rights activists.
The language is bureaucratically measured and calm. “The list of names could include.” Yes, that would be a possibility.
But it was more than a possibility, it was a fact, that for months the plight of such people had been discussed in the public press, and the Biden administration had been urged to do something about them, fast. Long before that, all thinking people had realized that something had to be done to keep America’s friends from being trapped, tortured, and killed.
And on Sunday, August 15, at 5:33 GMT, the State Department was trying to figure out who they were.