U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after Defense Secretary Austin said that evacuations from Afghanistan would continue “as long as we possibly can, until the clock runs out, or we run out of capability.”?

“There can be no countdown clock on American lives. There is no clock by which we abandon our fellow citizens to the bloodthirsty Taliban. August 31 was an arbitrary, politically-driven deadline. President Biden and Defense Secretary Austin need to correct this immediately. Make it absolutely clear that come hell or high water the United States military will do whatever it takes to get every single American out of Afghanistan. Anything less is a shameful disgrace. No excuses.”