The last U.S. Military plane carrying evacuees out of Afghanistan has left the country, ending the U.S. Military’s presence in Afghanistan, even as numerous American citizens remain trapped behind enemy lines – forcing lawmakers to take a serious look at the Biden admin’s failure.
General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., the Commander, United States Central Command (CENTCOM), said at a press conference that the Biden administration was still in the process of trying to get American citizens out of Afghanistan, even though the U.S. now no longer has a presence there.
Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference earlier in the day that the Biden administration does “not anticipate a military role” in the effort of trying to get additional U.S. citizens out of Afghanistan.
McKenzie said that he thinks that the number of Americans still trapped in Afghanistan numbered in the “low hundreds” and that, for some reason, there were no American citizens that were evacuated on the last U.S. Military planes to leave the country.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Biden claimed during an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos a couple of weeks ago that U.S. troops would remain on the ground in Afghanistan until every last American was evacuated.
STEPHANOPOULOS: All troops are supposed to be out by August 31st. Even if Americans and our Afghan allies are still trying to get out, they’re gonna leave?
BIDEN: We’re gonna do everything in our power to get all Americans out and our allies out.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Does that mean troops will stay beyond August 31st if necessary?
BIDEN: It depends on where we are and whether we can get– ramp these numbers up to 5,000 to 7,000 a day coming out. If that’s the case, we’ll be– they’ll all be out.
STEPHANOPOULOS: ‘Cause we’ve got, like, 10,000 to 15,000 Americans in the country right now, right? And are you committed to making sure that the troops stay until every American who wants to be out–
STEPHANOPOULOS: — is out?
Biden, however, certainly did not uphold that promise, and now lawmakers are looking to make him pay for abandoning Americans in the violent foreign nation.
A group of lawmakers wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday evening calling on her to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against Democrat President Biden.
“The American people must have full confidence in their Commander in Chief’s judgement and ability to protect our country and respond decisively to national security threats,” Republican Reps. Claudia Tenney, Ronny Jackson, Jeff Van Drew, Pete Sessions, and Yvette Herrell wrote to Pelosi.
“We have no confidence in President Joseph R. Biden’s ability to carry out his duties as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces,” they wrote.
“His unilateral, reckless decision to retreat from Afghanistan was done against the advice of military and national security experts and it has now put thousands of American military personnel, citizens, and Afghan allies in grave peril. Tragically, at least 12 service members have lost their lives in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in the last decade.”
“President Biden refuses to take responsibility for his actions and continues to mishandle the deteriorating situation at every step. In addition, he has deliberately misled the American people in response to questions posed by the media. Free nations around the world look to the United States for leadership, and President Biden has proven definitively, and repeatedly, since this crisis began that he is not capable of effectively executing his duties as our Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.”
“As members of Congress, we have the duty to oversee the Executive Branch and provide for the common defense of the United States of America,” the letter concluded. “We do not have confidence in President Biden’s ability to continue serving as Commander-in-Chief. It is after much consideration and with heavy hearts at the current state of our nation that we call upon you, Speaker of the House of Representatives, to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.”
Author: Erick Fisher