House Republicans are uniting to hold Biden’s feet to the fire for the disaster he created in exiting Afghanistan. The Freedom Caucus issued formal demands that President Biden resign, if successful, Biden would be the shortest-serving president in U.S. history.
Biden faces an ever more dire situation following his unresponsive and poorly planned withdrawal of U.S. military forces out of Afghanistan. His reckless policies directly led to the deaths of 13 service members and an estimated 170 Afghan citizens, as a suicide-bomber snuck into the crowded Kabul airport last week. Biden, unmoved by the deaths of so many as a result of his decisions, stood by his policies and defended himself publicly, even while the last flight from the now Taliban-controlled country leaves 250 Americans stranded and at-risk.
To start making amends regarding the withdrawal’s aftermath, House Republicans are introducing a bill authored by Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) which would give help to the stranded Americans still in Afghanistan, and also hold accountable the Biden administration for their gross misconduct.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House Minority Leader, said that Gallagher’s bill addresses the question of how to get every stranded American home safe, and what to do with the billions of dollars in U.S. weaponry left in the hands of the Taliban.
Furthermore, the bill would block the U.S. from recognizing the Taliban as Afghanistan’s official government and block any assistance or support of the Taliban by the U.S.
McCarthy legitimized the bill by explaining that the U.S. border is basically open at this point, the Taliban are more weaponized than at any point in history and Americans are stranded in Afghanistan.
Other supporting Republican speakers included; Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill.; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.; Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla.; Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn.; Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.; Rep. Mike Wallace, R-Fla.; and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas.
Gallagher tore into Democrats for opposing the bill, because it accomplishes the same aims that Democrats gave public support for recently. He said that the bill contained “exactly” the things that Democrats claimed they wanted, such as an extension on the surrender date to the Taliban. Gallagher chalked up the bill’s defeat to political sabotage, claiming that they shot his bill down in order to clear time for Bernie Sanders’ budget proposal.
Republicans also noted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s absence, not being present to vote nor establishing a moment of silence for the recently fallen service members.
Meanwhile, the Freedom Caucus formally issued demands for the resignations of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and most crucially President Joe Biden, for their “overwhelming failure” of leadership.
Author: Cynthia Moran