The United States invaded Afghanistan weeks after the Sept. 11 assaults in 2001, toppling the Taliban regime. American forces in 2001 had been additionally in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the architect of the 9/11 assaults, however he was in a position to escape to Pakistan; bin Laden was killed there by U.S. Navy SEALS in 2011.
McConnell referred to as the choice to withdraw the U.S. from Afghanistan “one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history,” including that “we leave behind exactly what we went in to solve 20 years ago.”
McConnell’s feedback echo the rhetoric of a lot of his fellow Republicans, who argue that President Joe Biden is making an enormous mistake by pulling the Americans from the Middle East.
Earlier on Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) instructed CNN’s Jake Tapper that it is vital to “recognize we’re in the position we’re in right now is because of terrible decisions made by two administrations,” referencing each the Trump and Biden administrations.
Sen. Ben Sasse hit the Biden administration for relying on “happy talk” as a substitute of harsh actuality as its foundation for Afghanistan coverage.
“Joe Biden put our forces at risk by having no plan for how to evacuate. We are absolutely at risk, and we are at risk because the president has been so unbelievably weak,” Sasse (R-Neb.) said on ABC‘s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
“Abandoning Bagram [Air] Base will be read about in military textbooks for decades as one of the stupidest military blunders ever,” he mentioned.