New York Daily News
Republicans are slamming President Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan as Taliban forces make rapid gains across the beleaguered nation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the pullout “reckless” and urged Biden to send back more troops and air support to protect the capital of Kabul from a possible Taliban attack.
“Al-Qaida and the Taliban may celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by burning down our embassy in Kabul,” McConnell said in a Thursday statement.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a prominent GOP hawk, has called the withdrawal “catastrophic.”
“President Biden made the decision to withdraw all of our forces, and what we’re seeing now is the consequence of that,” Cheney said. “And it really is devastating.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) attempted to link the Afghanistan withdrawal to the situation on the southern border with Mexico, a popular GOP talking point.
“One could argue that President Biden is the most incompetent national security president in modern history,” Graham said.
Democrats are mostly keeping quiet as the situation on the ground in Afghanistan quickly deteriorates.
Earlier this year, the commander-in-chief ordered the withdrawal of troops after nearly 20 years of combat, saying the U.S. has achieved its main objectives in Afghanistan.
But Biden ordered 3,000 troops to Kabul for a partial evacuation of the U.S. embassy there. The move came as the Taliban has made a stunning series of territorial conquests in recent weeks.
Despite the grim developments, not all Republicans are upset at the withdrawal.
Some hardline supporters of former President Donald Trump, who initiated the withdrawal, are sticking by their long-held position that the U.S. needs to end its involvement in foreign conflicts.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (r-Fla.) said he wants all U.S troops and diplomats out as soon as possible, whatever the consequences.
“Maintaining an embassy in this hellscape isn’t worth it,” Gaetz tweeted.
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