Texas Republican Slams White House for Dismissing Chaos in Afghanistan Withdrawal
What You Need To Know!
- Republican Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, criticized the White House for blaming the Trump administration for unfavorable conditions that led to the chaotic US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- McCaul is leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan and is investigating the Biden-led military withdrawal from Afghanistan two years ago.
- The Biden administration’s attempt to assign blame to the previous administration has been met with criticism, with many calling the withdrawal a “disaster”.
Michael McCaul, a Republican congressman from Texas and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has criticized the White House for attempting to blame the Trump administration for the chaotic US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Biden administration’s August 2021 withdrawal has drawn intense criticism from Republicans, who have derided the administration for a hasty retreat that left a trove of military hardware behind for the Taliban. The withdrawal was marked by a suicide bombing at Kabul airport that killed 13 US troops and 170 Afghans.
In addition, photos from the evacuation show planes hurriedly departing while citizens chased them and even clung to the landing gear wheels.
McCaul is currently leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan and is investigating the Biden-led military withdrawal from Afghanistan two years ago. He slammed John Kirby, a White House spokesperson on national security issues, over earlier comments on the matter, calling them “disgraceful and insulting”.
Kirby had suggested that the withdrawal was not as chaotic as some have claimed, saying that “at one point during the evacuation there was an aircraft taking off full of people, Americans and Afghans alike, every 48 minutes. And not one single mission was missed. So, I’m sorry, I just don’t buy the whole argument of chaos.”
The Biden administration’s attempt to assign blame to the previous administration has been met with criticism. McCaul said he is looking forward to reviewing the Afghanistan report and urged further releases of classified material to help round out the picture of a withdrawal he and other critics have bluntly termed a “disaster”.
Kirby conceded the pullout may not have been perfect but also said much of it went right, to the benefit of troops and Afghanistan. He further suggested actions by Trump created challenges for the operation that the Biden administration had to navigate.