On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., brought out a resolution “condemning President Joe Biden’s failure to heed the advice of military and intelligence advisors about the speed and nature of the Taliban offensive, failure to present a coherent counter-terrorism or evacuation plan to the American people, and the damage done to United States credibility as a result of President Biden’s abandonment of our Afghan allies.”
Waltz, the first Green Beret to serve in Congress who had served in Afghanistan and as an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, reeled in more than 140 co-sponsors for his resolution, all from the Republican side of the aisle. The GOP leadership, including U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., are behind the resolution.
“President Biden has embarrassed the United States on the world stage and created the worst foreign policy blunder in our modern history,” said Waltz. “Rather than heeding the advice of military leaders and lawmakers, President Biden created a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan that he alone owns – all for the sake of seeking a headline that he would withdraw our troops prior to the 20th anniversary of September 11th.
‘Now, we will have shamefully given away the freedoms of Afghans, our military equipment and infrastructure, and countless other resources to the hands of Taliban terrorists because of the president’s cluelessness and stubbornness. Additionally, it is growing more likely by the day we will have broken our promise to thousands of Afghan allies who stood should-to-shoulder with our troops on the battlefield that have now been handed a death sentence for our failure to safely evacuate them in a timely fashion. The intelligence community had made clear Al Qaeda 3.0 will come roaring back as the Taliban have made no indication they have cut ties with the perpetrators of September 11th,” Waltz added.
The resolution was sent to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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