Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke out on August 13 against President Joe Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. McCarthy called the process “botched” and previewed the possibility of a rapid Taliban takeover.
McCarthy referenced the 20 years that American troops have endured multiple months-long deployments in the war-torn mountains and deserts of the Taliban stronghold.
He said that “far too many” Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in Afghanistan while thousands more have suffered life-changing injuries.
McCarthy said that the federal government should have executed a “responsible exit” during the troop withdrawal but has instead predictably “handed an entire country over” to the Taliban.
McCarthy’s comments came as Biden announced that troops would be returning to Afghanistan to evacuate remaining American personnel and civilians. By the time he spoke, the Taliban had already begun controlling multiple provincial capitals and other key cities.
The minority leader added that Biden owes Americans an explanation of his plans to prevent the region from becoming a breeding ground for extremist terrorism and a training area for future global attacks.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul was evacuated on August 15, and the American flag was lowered as the Taliban established control of the government at an astonishingly rapid pace.
President Biden had not addressed the nation since McCarthy’s remarks, and other Congressional Republicans chastised him for being absent from the White House as Kabul fell.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures” and asked why Biden is “on vacation.” He referenced the president’s continuing trip to Camp David while a “frightening situation” unfolded.
Fox News also confirmed the morning of August 15 that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had safely fled Kabul as the Taliban entered the city and began firing weapons near the international airport.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) posted on Twitter Sunday morning, asking, “Why is Joe Biden in hiding?”