Kevin McCarthy Wants House To Vote On Delaying Afghanistan Withdrawal
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, in a recently televised interview, demanded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi order the House back in session in order to tackle the issue of the terror attacks in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. military troops from the country.
The comments were made during McCarthy’s interview with “Fox & Friends.”
The terrorist attacks on Thursday at the Kabul international airport killed 13 service members and a large number of civilians.
The U.S. death toll made it the deadliest single incident for American forces in Afghanistan in a decade and one of the deadliest of the entire 20-year war, according to Reuters.
McCarthy wants lawmakers to vote to block the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers until every American is evacuated, according to Fox News.
“Long before this collapse in Afghanistan, we have been catching people on the terrorist watch list coming across our border from Yemen. Not on the same day either,” he stated during the interview.
“What’s going to happen now where we’re watching ISIS grow again in Afghanistan, when 5,000 prisoners were released inside Afghanistan, when they now know where they can come to America? We’re less than three weeks from the anniversary of 9/11 and this administration has put America in this position, this is unacceptable. Nancy Pelosi needs to bring us back into session, bring up this bill, move this deadline and make sure every single American is able to leave Afghanistan,” McCarthy added.
The Hill noted Pelosi had called House lawmakers back earlier this week for a two-day session to deal with a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. But the House is now back in recess until Sept. 20.
McCarthy is right. This situation is getting worse and worse. Something needs to be done to find those responsible for the attacks at the Kabul airport and deal with them promptly. Along with that, the deadline needs to be delayed so we can get everyone out of there pronto.
They’ve already attacked us there, so all of those “consequences” the Taliban keep threatening should be dealt with. Period.