Following the Biden Administration’s hasty and poorly executed withdrawal of Afghanistan, Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has called for the resignation of three top officials.
This, after 13 United States military members were killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport and thousands of American citizens were abandoned in the terrorist-run country. Biden claimed afterward that the withdrawal was “extraordinarily successful and extraordinary success.”
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Hawley has all but demanded that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan resign from their positions immediately.
Further, Hawley said he would not vote for confirmation of any other nominations until those three mentioned were out of their positions.
“So let me be clear,” Hawley said, “I will not consent to the nomination of any nominee for the Department of Defense, or for the Department of State until Secretary Austin and Secretary Blinken and Jake Sullivan resign. Leaders take responsibility for their failures and the failure of these individuals.”The failure of this administration has cost Americans their lives and has left American civilians to the enemy. There must be accountability. And then there must be a new start.”Hawley continued, “[Biden] failed to protect Americans still in the country. He failed to account for lethal American military equipment he left behind. He failed to anticipate worsening conditions on the ground. He failed in his judgment that the Afghan security forces would hold their own when our own intelligence estimates said they wouldn’t. He failed to anticipate a new offensive by the Taliban.”He failed again and again and again until American blood at the Capitol airport paid the price for that failure, and then he celebrated it as an extraordinary success.”
In response to Biden’s hailing his administration heroes for the handling of Afghanistan, Hawley said, “Really has the Commander-in-chief, in American American history, ever before uttered words like that? Has the Commander-in-chief ever celebrated as successful—successful—the abandonment of American civilians, to an enemy, the death of American soldiers? The terrorizing of American citizens and American allies?”
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Hawley continued that he never wanted to hear “such shameful and disgraceful words from a President of the United States.”
“This President is a disgrace,” Hawley said. “His behavior is disgraceful, he has dishonored this country with his shameful leadership in this crisis. And it is time for him to resign. And if he had the responsibility of leadership, he would resign for the crisis that he has himself led this nation into and the responsibility he bears for the lives that had been lost. And for the American citizens who are even now as I speak, trapped in Afghanistan, left to the enemy, because of his failures, and his shameful disgraceful leadership.”Mr. President, even the shameful performance of America’s leaders cannot disguise or cover over the heroism of America’s soldiers.”He then read the names of the US military service members who were killed in the bombing. Included in that list was a young man from his own state, Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz.”Congress [should] prioritize transparency and full accountability. And these sacrifices demand that we hold responsible those who bear the blame for the failure of the last month, and of all the months that preceded it,” said Hawley. “And these sacrifices demand that we hold responsible those who bear the blame for the failure of the last month, and of all the months that preceded it.”He concluded his demands with, “Joe Biden’s team is responsible to men like Secretary Austin Secretary Blinken, Jake Sullivan, the National Security Adviser. They overestimated the Afghan security forces’ willingness to hold the line. And instead of planning for the worst, they plan for the best.”
>>>FOLLOW US ON GAB<<<“Because of them, we have Americans stranded behind enemy lines, and over 100,000 Afghan refugees arriving now to this country at this 11th hour without vetting or precautions. This was never necessary. It did not have to be this way. And it shouldn’t have been. Joe Biden is responsible for today’s failure. And now there must be accountability.”