Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said via Twitter on Wednesday that President Biden is behind “the worst foreign policy disaster since Vietnam” and that his defense and foreign policy team should resign.
“This is the worst foreign policy disaster since Vietnam, because of Joe Biden. He has lost the confidence of the American public. Joe Biden’s whole defense and foreign policy team needs to resign, and we must have a full congressional inquiry,” the GOP lawmaker tweeted.
“In the short term, we must focus on getting Americans who are trapped inside Afghanistan out safely. That is our top priority,” he said in a follow up tweet.
This is the worst foreign policy debacle since Vietnam, due to Joe Biden. He has lost the confidence of the American people and the ability to lead. Biden’s entire defense and foreign policy team must resign, and there must be a full congressional inquiry.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 18, 2021
The Taliban has quickly seized control over Afghanistan and the United States is currently rushing to evacuate Americans and others from the nation.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley stated during a Wednesday press conference that the fast collapse of the Afghan army was not anticipated.
“There was nothing anyone saw that hinted at a collapse of this army in 11 days,” he said.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan stated on Tuesday that a “fair amount” of the defense assets given to Afghanistan by American forces have now fallen into the Taliban’s hands.
President Biden seemed to indicate during his interview with ABC News that there was no way for the U.S. to leave the country “without chaos happening.” Biden said that “the idea that there is a way to have left without chaos happening, I don’t know how that could happen.”
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (from Calif.) and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (from Ky.) are both requesting a classified briefing with the Gang of Eight about various aspects of the Afghanistan situation.
In a message to President Biden, the GOP congressional leaders said that they want to find out “The number and locations of Americans in Afghanistan, and the method to get such information.” They also want to be filled in on “the White House’s plan to evacuate Americans outside of Kabul who cannot go safely to the city,” and other similar problems.
The Gang of Eight refers to the ranking member and chair of the House and Senate intel. committees plus the four leaders of the two chambers.
.@LeaderMcConnell and I demand that President Biden brief Congress on his plan to evacuate all American personnel in Afghanistan.
It’s critical that we account for all Americans in Afghanistan and provide a means of departure to all who desire to leave the country. pic.twitter.com/j4QIeQ7H1K
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 18, 2021
Author: Blake Ambrose