On the very same day, the US announced completing its withdrawal from Afghanistan, a report by the Washington Post highlighted the fact that a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma may have traveled to Afghanistan secretly, as his whereabouts continue to be unknown.
A wild scoop: A GOP lawmaker has been trying to travel to *Taliban-controlled Afghanistan* in a rogue evacuation mission despite efforts by the Pentagon & State Dept to discourage him. Officials are unsure of his current whereabouts. From @tylerpager & me https://t.co/MpieNxGNTU— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) August 31, 2021
Despite being a critic of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin has been feared missing, days after he expressed his intentions to travel to Afghanistan with the mission of rescuing an American citizen and her four children from the country.
“To say this is extremely dangerous is a massive understatement,” said a State Department official aware of Mullin’s attempts to enter Afghanistan— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) September 1, 2021
According to the Washington Post, Markwayne Mullin had called the US ambassador to Tajikistan, a country neighboring Afghanistan, asking for logistics help to carry out his plan which involves transferring a large amount of cash before embarking on a mission to bring back the American citizen and her family home via a helicopter.
He is known by many names, the Beast of the Ozarks the Scourge of Tulsa, but there is one name which all know him by.— HayekPosterInChief Says Vote YES On Recall (@Timelord420) September 1, 2021
He is the Markwayne of Mullin pic.twitter.com/RvczPfkgEE
Markwayne Mullin reaches the outskirts of Kabul pic.twitter.com/ujijiZMSK4— Public News DC (@PublicNewsDC) September 1, 2021
However, with the official rejection of his request, Mullin went missing and no sources have been able to locate him so far. A statement by an Oklahoma official referring to the "complete safety of Rep. Markwayne Mullin" has not reassured the public which continues to question his location and fate.
Online, many people have posted memes and comics suggesting that Mullin's mission goes against US policies in Afghanistan after the withdrawal may pose a danger to American lives. Others criticized his position saying that "rescue missions are not part of his job".
Why in the hell is Markwayne Mullin out playing Rambo? Probably on taxpayers dime too?! Where did this large amount of money he was trying to get into Afghanistan come from? Just when I thought Oklahoma couldn’t embarrass itself anymore, and here we are. pic.twitter.com/Yl9nzjWtZW— This Guy (@themc972) September 1, 2021
Markwayne Mullin would like to speak to Afghanistan's manager. pic.twitter.com/KTlYfJc5dA— victor von doomscrolling (he/him) (@Brian_Pelts) September 1, 2021
According to the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinkin, less than 200 American citizens, mostly Afghan-Americans are still in Afghanistan.
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