Rep. Michael McCaul had a lot to say about the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan during his appearance on “Face The Nation” on Sunday.
Host Margaret Brennan asked the Texas Republican about the admin’s handling of the matter, one year after the withdrawal in which 13 American troops lost their lives.
Brennan pointed out that there were approximately 74,000 Afghans that are still waiting for visas to leave the state.
“The State Department knew going back well into the Trump administration that it needed more staff, that it needed more resources to even begin to help get these people out, and that’s even before the chaos of the withdrawal,” Brennan said, “is that one of the prime sins here that you see in terms of failure to plan?”
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McCaul agreed, adding that there was a “complete lack and failure to plan,” even noting that “there was no plan” to safely withdraw from the 20-year conflict.
“There were so many mistakes, The biggest one, Margaret, for me, having lived through it, being in the classified space, listening to the intelligence community tell the story about ‘this is going to be imminent,’” McCaul noted, adding that those individuals and the U.S. military had warned him and possibly others that Afghanistan was on the brink of collapsing into Taliban rule “sooner rather than later.”
“And then we went to State and the White House and they painted a very rosy picture,” he continued. “There’s a disconnect between intelligence on the ground and what the White House is doing in this report that says it all like there’s no way we’re going to evacuate embassy personnel from helicopters like we did in Vietnam. And of course, we know that happened.”
Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California, was one of 13 American troops killed Aug. 26, 2021, by a suicide bomber who detonated an IED outside the Kabul airport, according to a Fox News report. Lance Cpl. Nikoui was among the service members helping crowds of Americans and Afghan allies trying to leave Afghanistan after Taliban fighters entered the capital city, Kabul.
A bare bones release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced the August 9 death of Nikoui’s brother. The sheriff noted 28-year-old Dakota Halverson died at 7:09 a.m. in Norco’s Pikes Peak Park. “Refer all inquiries to investigating agency,” was the only other comment provided by Sheriff-Coroner Chad Bianco in the release.
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) Saturday posted a notice of Halverson’s death on his Twitter account.
“The older brother of one of the 13 KIA in Kabul recently killed himself at his little brother’s memorial,” the congressman stated. “Please pray for his family. There MUST be accountability for this continued carnage.”
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