Biden ‘Underestimated’ Taliban, to ‘Have Blood on His Hands’
The top-ranking Republican in US House foreign affairs committee says President Joe Biden is going to “have blood on his hands,” over the situation in Afghanistan, arguing that he “underestimated” the Taliban, which has advanced across the country.
“This is gonna be a stain on this president and his presidency. And I think he’s gonna have blood on his hands from what they did,” McCaul said while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan,” said Texas Rep. Michael McCaul. “They totally blew this one. They completely underestimated the strength of the Taliban.”
Since the Biden administration ordered evacuation of the US forces from Afghanistan, Taliban has been swiftly taking over the country, 20 years after the US deposed them from power.
“I think it is an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions.”
The Texas Republican specifically pointed out lack of strategy in the withdrawal of US forces in the Biden administration, asserting that the US president is to blame for the situation in the war ravaged country today.
“[Biden] owns this. Absolutely, 100 percent, he owns it. He made the decision… once he made the decision, he could have done certain things. He could have planned for it. He could have had a strategy for this, but instead they had no strategy.”
‘Trump-Biden doctrine of weakness’
McCaul also warned of how the situation could pan out in the future in favor of Taliban with the idea that they have been able to defeat both the Soviet Union and the United States.
“The consequences from a national security standpoint are severe because now they can say they defeated the United States in Afghanistan, the infidel, just like they defeated the Soviet Union. This will have long-term ramifications,” McCaul said.
He was among the growing number of voices criticizing Washington for the Taliban takeover of the government in Kabul.
There were also those who slammed both Biden and former US President Donald Trump, namely Rep. Liz Cheney and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, both Republicans.
They argued that both Trump and Biden were wrong in the policy towards Afghanistan as the former negotiated with Taliban and the latter started evacuation of US forces from the country.
“The Trump/Biden calamity unfolding in Afghanistan began with the Trump administration negotiating with terrorists and pretending they were partners for peace, and is ending with American surrender as Biden abandons the country to our terrorist enemies,” Cheney said.
Sasse also lambasted the “Trump-Biden doctrine of weakness,” describing the US abandonment of Afghanistan as a blow to the US so-called war on terror.
“America’s leaders didn’t tell the truth that our small, forward-deployed force of a few thousand was the backbone of intelligence and special forces’ successful work to decapitate terror organizations,” Sasse said. “The looming defeat will badly hurt American intelligence and give jihadis a safe haven in Afghanistan, again. America will regret this.”
The US and UK invasion Afghanistan on the pretext of retaliating for the 9/11 attacks proved to be futile from the get-go but it took the allies 20 years for the allies to acknowledge defeat.
Source: Press TV