Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a heated statement following President Joe Biden’s remarks that he is refusing to ensure the safe evacuation of every American citizen in Afghanistan.
“Enough is enough. First, President Biden and his officials told the American people the Taliban would not advance across Afghanistan. Then, they said despite the Taliban advancing, the United States was conducting a strategic, deliberate, and planned departure, but not a full evacuation. Then, they said the United States is trying to evacuate all Americans,” Cruz wrote.
“Now, President Biden and Vice President Harris’ administration officials say they can’t bring Americans into Kabul or guarantee safe passage to the airport in Kabul,” he added.
Cruz concluded as many Americans have regarding the issue.
“This is entirely unacceptable. Thousands of Americans in Afghanistan are in acute danger and trapped behind Taliban lines,” the senator went on. “If President Biden, Vice President Harris, and administration officials don’t believe they can secure our citizens with what we have in Afghanistan, they must bring in such capabilities. The United States must not and will not leave our citizens behind Taliban lines.”
Why are Republican Senators and Congressman coordinating rescue efforts instead of Biden and the State Department? Why did the military leave without first evacuating the thousands of Americans in the Afghanistan? When the dust settles, these and other difficult questions will need answers – and answers are something Biden simply doesn’t seem to have.
Instead, Biden is scheduled to leave again for Delaware Friday afternoon after giving remarks on the evacuation efforts.
Vice President Kamala Harris isn’t helping either. She departs for her first trip to Asia today where she’ll make a stop in Vietnam of all places. Yes, the same “fall of Saigon” location referenced by many in connection with Biden’s blunders in Afghanistan. So far, she has said little about the crisis.
In another statement on Thursday, Cruz was joined by numerous other Republican Senators in a letter to urge urged United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to provide a full account of U.S. military equipment remaining in Afghanistan.
In the letter, the senators wrote, “We write with grave concern regarding the status of U.S. military equipment left behind in Afghanistan as a result of our poorly executed withdrawal from the country. As we watched the images coming out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retook the country, we were horrified to see U.S. equipment – including UH-60 Black Hawks – in the hands of the Taliban.”
The letter added, “It is unconscionable that high-tech military equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and their terrorist allies. Securing U.S. assets should have been among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
Biden continues to push gun controls in the U.S. while handing off the nation’s military firepower to terrorists. You almost can’t make this stuff up. Many wish it was make believe. Instead, the bad dream in Afghanistan is our current reality. As Cruz argues, the current response is entirely unacceptable.