House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from the state of California, has now made a call for an investigation to be launched into President Joe Biden concerning how he’s handled the current situation in Afghanistan, where, once again, the Taliban has gained total control of the country after American troops were pulled out.
McCarthy spoke with the folks over at Punchbowl News on Sunday where he stated that Biden’s decision to pull out U.S. troops from Afghanistan was a “mistake that will haunt us for decades.”
The House Minority Leader then stated that it was totally wrong for the president to set September 11 as the target date for pulling troops out of the country, and then went on to add that Biden made a mistake by taking troops out “during the summer, when [the Taliban] is at their height.”
Taliban insurgents made their way into the capital city of Kabul on Sunday and seized control. Many people, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, fled in the days before fearing for their lives.
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Biden to “resign in disgrace” over the rapid collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government following the pullout of American troops.
Biden on Saturday authorized an additional 1,000 U.S. troops for deployment to Afghanistan, raising to roughly 5,000 the number of troops to assist with evacuating U.S. personnel.
“Over our country’s 20 years at war in Afghanistan, America has sent its finest young men and women, invested nearly $1 trillion dollars, trained over 300,000 Afghan soldiers and police, equipped them with state-of-the-art military equipment, and maintained their air force as part of the longest war in U.S. history,” the president stated on Saturday.
“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country. And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me,” he continued.
Biden, along with members of his staff have tried their hardest to blame former President Donald Trump for the collapse of the Afghan government and for leaving the Taliban in what he called “the strongest position militarily since 2001.”
McCarthy, however, has been blowing steam out of his ears over the whole situation, speaking out during a recent Sunday briefing he had with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley.
“I have passion and I have anger. I want to know where President [Ashraf] Ghani is,” McCarthy stated strongly according to two individuals who were listening to the call.
“How does the rest of the world look at us? They like that the president doesn’t tweet, but they don’t think America is very tough,” McCarthy said to Punchbowl News.