Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, on Sunday blasted President Biden for the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, saying that he has “blood on his fingers” for the 13 U.S. service members who had been killed within the Kabul airport blast.
McCaul additionally asserted that the Taliban has blocked People aboard six plans at Mazar-i-Sharif Worldwide Airport from leaving Afghanistan whereas they make calls for of the U.S.
“I’ve stated all alongside this president has blood on his fingers, and this week, this final week, we had 13 servicemen and girls come dwelling, flag draped coffins at Dover Air Base,” McCaul stated throughout his “Fox Information Sunday” interview. “This downside goes to worsen, not higher, and we’ve got left them behind. That is the essential creed of the army.”
“Fox Information Sunday” host Chris Wallace requested McCaul, a rating member on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee, requested what number of People have gotten out of Afghanistan because the withdrawal deadline on Aug. 31, prompting McCaul to say, “I perceive, zero.”
McCaul later talked concerning the mass killings of former Afghan authorities officers and former Afghan protection forces, saying the retaliation towards those that have helped US army has been “extreme.”
“The retaliation has been extreme, Chris. You might have tales of interpreters being taken dwelling to their households and watching their wives and households being beheaded, executed earlier than they execute the interpreter,” McCaul stated. “This isn’t a brand new and improved Taliban. This is similar outdated Taliban. They’re reverting again to with the identical brutal practices.”
The Texas Republican went on to blast the Biden Administration for stranding over 250 Afghan orphan ladies on the Afghanistan Nationwide Institute of Music, saying the “U.S. authorities wouldn’t open the gate to allow them to in.”
“Now they’ve returned and now they’re beneath Taliban enslavement and we all know that they marry off younger girls as younger as 12, many occasions 14 years outdated,” McCaul stated. “It is a very sick tradition and so they deal with girls like property. I fear concerning the girls left behind as effectively.”
Wallace later requested McCaul whether or not the USA can discover a strategy to work with the Taliban, main McCaul to slam the Biden administration for placing People and Afghan interpreters in a “precarious, harmful scenario” the place Taliban is “dictating phrases to us.”
“Now we’re left to this very determined scenario, a really unhealthy overseas coverage of getting to barter with the Taliban, which I used to be at all times skeptical of getting to do and yeah we do have frozen belongings,” McCaul stated. “That is the one leverage we’ve got left, as a result of we’ve got no army on the bottom and we’ve got no intelligence functionality on the bottom.”