Never in history has a withdrawal from war been treated so poorly or incompetently as by Americans from Afghanistan, former President Donald Trump said as the United States flew its last military flight from Kabul and brought all of its military forces back from the country.
“Never in history has a withdrawal from the war been treated so poorly or incompetently as the withdrawal of the Biden administration from Afghanistan,” Trump said as the longest US war drew to a close, in which the Taliban recaptured power in the country they ruled over. had lost after the US invasion weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
“Besides the obvious, it must be demanded that ALL EQUIPMENT be returned to the United States immediately, and that includes every cent of the $85 billion in costs,” Trump said.
“If it’s not returned, we’ll either have to go in with unequivocal military force and get it, or at least turn it into a bomb. No one ever thought such stupidity as this feeble-minded withdrawal was possible!” he said.
Trump’s successor, President Joe Biden, had recruited Zalmay Khalilzad, the special representative for Afghan reconciliation, to carry out last-mile negotiations with the Taliban.
“The Biden administration was more focused on meeting an arbitrary target date than on meeting the conditions that would enable the execution of the mission that is delivering on behalf of America,” said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“No, there was no obligation for the departure date. The obligation was up to the American people and to keep America safe,” he said.
Former top US diplomat at the United Nations Nikki Haley described it as an “embarrassing retreat”.
“Joe Biden has just completed his shameful retreat from Afghanistan, leaving American citizens and Afghan allies under the rule of a terrorist government. If anything happens to them, Biden is to blame,” she said.
“Not only are Russia and China enjoying Joe Biden’s retreat in Afghanistan, but they are also poised to seize the moment. The implications of Joe Biden’s foreign policy could be catastrophic for America,” Haley said.
Congressman Mark Green said during the Republican speech on the withdrawal from Afghanistan that this is a disgrace that has now led to the tragic loss of American lives.
“Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of these heroes. Our so-called Commander in Chief is abandoning Americans, our Afghan allies and members of NATO who came to Afghanistan only to help us. We are in a leadership crisis… President Biden has failed,” he said.
Republican Congresswoman Lee Zeldin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a US military veteran, said the US was completing its withdrawal from Afghanistan while many Americans were still trapped behind enemy lines trying to get out, costing $85 billion. of American weapons and equipment was now in the hands of the Taliban.
“This is a historic shame of epic proportions at the behest of President Biden,” he said.