Republican senators and representatives called for President Biden’s resignation over the “botched withdrawal” from Afghanistan in which 13 U.S. military personnel and 60 civilians were killed and at least 150 wounded.
Senator Josh Hawley sharply criticized the president after an ISIS terrorist attack claimed the lives of dozens of people trying to leave Kabul.
According to The Hill, the senator wrote in a statement that Biden “has now overseen the deadliest day for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in over a decade, and the crisis grows worse by the hour.”
Hawley rejected the notion that the Biden administration’s decision to conduct the military withdrawal, first pulling troops out and then evacuating civilians, was the only way.
“This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership. It is now painfully clear he has neither the will nor the capacity to lead. He must resign,” the Missouri Republican asserted.
Senator Marsha Blackburn also called for the resignation or impeachment of all officials involved in the decisions that led to the crisis in Afghanistan: the president, the vice president, the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, and the head of the armed forces.
“Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin and General Milley should resign or face impeachment and removal.”
Rep. Jim Banks also blamed President Biden for the deaths of Americans at Hamid Karzai’s airport.
“As a veteran who served in Afghanistan, my heart breaks for the families of the American servicemembers and the Afghan people who are learning this morning that their loved ones have been harmed or killed in a terrorist attack,” Banks wrote in a statement.
“The responsibility for this tragedy rests squarely on the shoulders of Joe Biden. His incompetence means American blood has been shed. This was avoidable and is unforgivable!” the Indiana Republican said.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said to Newsmax that Biden “should be impeached,” adding that he “abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a 31 Aug. deadline.”
Graham urged President Biden to send troops back to Afghanistan to an airbase about 15 miles from Kabul until the evacuation of Americans and allies is completed without security risks.
“We have the capability to reestablish our presence at Bagram to continue to evacuate American citizens and our Afghan allies. The biggest mistake in this debacle is abandoning Bagram,” the senator asserted.
“I have advocated for days that the Bagram Air Base should be reopened as the Kabul airport is very difficult to defend and has been the only evacuation outlet,” Graham tweeted.
President Biden made statements on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 26, and in addition to giving words of comfort to the families of those who died, he assured that the U.S. will not stand idly by in the face of the ISIS attack.
“We will not forgive. We will not forget. According to AP, we will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said, addressing the nation.
Nevertheless, Biden did not comment on changing his original plan to withdraw troops completely before his administration’s Aug. 31 deadline agreed to with the Taliban extremist regime. That leaves the possibility that many Americans and allies could be stranded if the date is not extended.