Democrats Divided Over Afghanistan Chaos and OPEC Oil Production Request

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The chaos resulting from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is dividing Democrats, while party progressives upset with Biden’s push for OPEC to increase oil production; plus more top stories in Democratic politics.

Democrats divided over chaos from Afghanistan withdrawal

While President Joe Biden has managed to maintain unity from the extremes in the party, spanning from progressives such as Bernie Sanders to moderates such as Joe Manchin, the situation in Afghanistan is creating some division, NBC reported.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said: “I am disappointed that the Biden administration clearly did not accurately assess the implications of a rapid US withdrawal.”

Senate Armed Services Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said: “I am deeply concerned about the evolving humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.”

And Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) said: “This certainly has not been a good day for America. The images we saw coming out of Afghanistan showed tremendous humanitarian crisis.”

As many as 15,000 Americans stuck in Afghanistan, no US evacuation plan

Another issue dividing Democrats is that up to 15,000 Americans remain in Afghanistan. According to US officials, on Tuesday, it evacuated about 1100 US citizens, permanent residents, and their families on 13 flights, NBC reported.

Biden administration officials reportedly told Senate staffers on Tuesday about the huge number of Americans remaining in the country and told him there is no plan in place to evacuate US citizens outside of Kabul because of Taliban checkpoints, according to two aides, NBC reported.

A memo obtained by CBS News producer Sarah Cook and posted to Twitter on Tuesday read:

“To American Citizens, thank you for registering your request to be evacuated from Afghanistan. The US Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed that an undefined number of US government-provided flights will begin soon. Please make your way to Hamid Karzai international airport at this time. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SECURITY AS YOU MAKE THIS TRIP.”

Progressives unhappy with Biden’s push to OPEC to increase oil production

In the wake of the dire news from the latest UN report from the IPCC, progressives repute the White House for encouraging greater production and use of fossil fuels at a time when the effects of climate change are intensifying, the Hill reported.

Republicans also seized the opportunity to argue that Biden’s energy policies have increased America’s reliance on foreign oil.

OPEC denies US request for increased oil production

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies reportedly rejected a petition from the Biden administration to increase oil production as a way of alleviating rising gasoline prices, which it sees as a threat to the global economic recovery.

Reuters reported that OPEC+ sees no need to meet U.S. calls for more supply, having already agreed in July to boost output by 400,000 barrels a day in August. Four sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters: “there was no need to release extra oil more quickly, while another said there was no concern that the planned schedule of increases would leave any demand unmet.”

Pete Buttigieg and husband to be parents

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced on Tuesday that he and his husband, Chasten, have been approved for adoption and will become parents, NBC reported.

“For some time, Chasten and I have wanted to grow our family. We’re overjoyed to share that we’ve become parents!” Buttigieg wrote on Twitter. “The process isn’t done yet and we’re thankful for the love, support, and respect for our privacy that has been offered to us. We can’t wait to share more soon.”