Republicans on the Home Armed Providers Committee demanded President Biden present Congress with a plan to stop terror teams from utilizing Afghanistan as a “secure haven” after the Taliban takeover, whereas criticizing his response to the worsening safety and humanitarian scenario unfolding.
The highest Republican on the committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, alongside along with his GOP colleagues on the panel, wrote a letter to the president on Tuesday, slamming his technique with regard to Afghanistan.
“For months, we’ve been asking you for a plan in your withdrawal from Afghanistan. You failed to supply us with one and based mostly on the horrific occasions presently unfolding in Afghanistan, we’re assured that we by no means obtained your plan since you by no means had one.”
The Republicans mentioned that the disaster unfolding in Afghanistan “might have been averted if you happen to had accomplished any planning.”
“Pretending this isn’t your drawback will solely make issues worse,” they wrote.
The GOP lawmakers mentioned they’re “gravely involved” that the “void” left in Afghanistan can be “quickly stuffed by terror teams.”
“The Taliban now management the nation. Al Qaeda used Afghanistan to plot and execute the 9/11 assaults and different acts of terrorism,” they wrote. “You can’t let this occur once more.”
“As such, we request that you just instantly present Congress along with your plan to stop terror teams from utilizing Afghanistan as a secure haven to recruit and practice the subsequent technology of terrorists,” they continued. “We demand to know the way and from the place our ISR, counterterrorism, and standard forces can be used to disrupt the formation for terrorist operations.”
They added: “Mr. President, this disaster is occurring in your watch. We’re merely asking: what’s your plan for Afghanistan?”
The letter was signed by Rogers, and his GOP colleagues, together with Reps. Mike Gallagher, Michael Waltz, Mike Johnson, Joe Wilson, Don Bacon, Scott DesJarlais, Rob Wittman, Stephanie Bice, Jim Banks, Elise Stefanik, Blake Moore, Austin Scott, Jerry Carl, Sam Graves, Ronny Jackson, Scott Franklin, Jack Bergman, Vicky Hartzler, Mark Inexperienced, Pat Fallon, Michael Turner, Lisa McClain, Liz Cheney, Trent Kelly and Doug Lamborn.
The letter to the president comes after he addressed the nation on Monday, saying he stands “squarely behind” his choice to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan after having a presence for 20 years, whereas admitting that the autumn of the nation to the Taliban “did unfold extra shortly than we had anticipated.”
Biden positioned blame on the Afghan management for the nation’s plight, saying that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had refused recommendation to barter and erroneously insisted Afghan forces would struggle.
“American troops can not, and mustn’t, be combating in a conflict and dying in a conflict that Afghan forces should not prepared to struggle for themselves,” Biden mentioned Monday, including that the U.S. has given “each device they may want.”
“We gave them the prospect to find out their very own future,” he mentioned. “What we couldn’t present them was the desire to struggle for that future.”
Biden has licensed 6,000 U.S. troops to deploy to Afghanistan to help within the evacuation of U.S. personnel and Afghan allies, because the Taliban pushes to revive the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – the formal title of the nation below the Taliban rule earlier than the militants had been ousted by U.S.-led forces within the wake of the 9/11 assaults. The assaults on Sept. 11, 2001, had been orchestrated by al Qaeda whereas it was being sheltered by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The president, on Monday throughout his deal with to the nation, outlined the present mission for the U.S. navy in Afghanistan, saying it might be “quick in time, restricted in scope and targeted on our goals: get our individuals and our allies as shortly and as safely as attainable.”