According to Sen. Marsha Blackburn, the actions that President Joe Biden has taken on all issues, especially when it comes to the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, have meant the return of the Obama-era “America last” policy.
“One of the things we have to do is call for accountability from this administration,” the Tennesee Republican went on to say during a conversation she had on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.” “When you look at the steps Joe Biden has taken, it has been America last every step of the way.”
Even before things went all to hell in Afghanistan, Biden’s decisions have once again put the U.S. behind at every juncture, “whether it is nixing the Keystone pipeline, or favoring China, or the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accords,” said the senator.
Along with that, increasing inflation that started right after Biden took office is now beginning to impact every single American citizen because now they have “less money that they are able to spend on the things they need for their families,” she continued.
The fact that critical race theory is now being taught in most schools, is another issue, as are the lockdowns and mandates that have come in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic, said Blackburn.
“And then, of course, there is Afghanistan,” Blackburn said. “When you look at the polling numbers of how they have handled Afghanistan, it has led them to say Joe Biden is weak. We have left Americans behind enemy lines. We do not do that. We are the United States of America and we do not leave people behind enemy lines.”
Blackburn also said Thursday that Biden was saying “one thing to his inner circle” about knowing there were problems coming in Afghanistan but another thing to the public, denying that the Taliban would be taking over.
“They took this group that was an ideology, we have to remember,” said the Tennessee senator. “We were fighting the war on terror and now they have turned [Afghanistan] over to them.”
But Biden and his administration saw that the Taliban was going to win, and the president told former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that he had to “tell people things are going better than they are. He was basically asking Ghani to lie to the allies, to the Afghan people, and to us,” said Blackburn.
“Joe Biden was saying one thing to the American people and quite another thing to Ghani because they knew the country was in trouble,” she went on to say. “They should have listened to the CIA. They pulled their people out from their stations six weeks prior, telling them this is not good, the Taliban is moving. They are going to take control.”
Blackburn went on to say that she’s “very disappointed” with the manner in which Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have handled the situation in Afghanistan and believes they should “step aside.”
She also stated that these two should be straight with the American people because they need to know what happened.
“How could they not have said ‘this is not a wise move’ to go for a date-certain exit rather than a conditions-based exit?” said Blackburn, making a reference to the plans former President Donald Trump and then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had worked out with NATO allies and the United States’ Afghan partners.
“But of course, no, they wanted to do it a different way,” she added. “My question is, did you tell the president this is a bad move? Did you stand up to him? Did you speak truth to power?”