The highest Republican on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee accused the Biden administration Sunday of not correctly making ready to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and warned that the president could be chargeable for the fallout.
“Once we totally withdraw, the devastation and the killings and girls … fleeing throughout the border into Pakistan, President Biden goes to personal these ugly pictures,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) advised “Fox Information Sunday.”
On Friday, US forces vacated Bagram Airfield, the hub of the American battle effort towards the Taliban over the previous twenty years, with out informing the bottom’s new Afghan commander. That gave squads of looters time to interrupt into the complicated and make off with gadgets left behind in barracks and storage tents.
The Bagram handover marks a significant milestone within the withdrawal, which the Pentagon says will likely be accomplished by the tip of August. President Biden initially introduced the pullout could be completed by Sept. 11 of this 12 months.
On Sunday, McCaul stated that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s crew had just lately warned him that the removing of US troops from the nation would mark “the 12 months of the jihad.”
“What do they imply by that? It means all of the younger males in Pakistan on the madrassas are poised with the Taliban to pour over into Afghanistan and also you’re going to see a significant civil battle happen,” McCaul predicted. “And I don’t assume, on the finish of the day, it’s going to look fairly.”
“These interpreters, we advised them we’d care for them and we are able to’t flip our backs and depart them to die,” McCaul stated. “They are going to be slaughtered by the Taliban. They’re focused by the Taliban. We’ve got to get them out of there. There are about 9,000 of them, and I’ve been actually pleading with the administration to provide you with a plan. They simply haven’t ready for this in any respect.”
McCaul additionally raised considerations in regards to the dimension of the 650-strong pressure that can stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal, largely to protect diplomats on the US Embassy in Kabul.
“You recognize, I’m from Texas, [home of] the Alamo, and we had 250 Texans [against] 5,000 Mexicans. Didn’t find yourself so properly there. I feel the chances are worse in Afghanistan,” he stated earlier than warning that US forces could also be pressured to return to the nation earlier than too lengthy.
“Our very important pursuits are ISIS and al Qaeda, and we’re going to give them a secure haven because the Taliban takes over that nation and that vacuum goes to be crammed by terrorists,” stated McCaul. “And I’m involved that we’ll be going again.”