Rep. Tim Burchett recently made an appearance on Newsmax where he stated that it’s a “bunch of bull” for the Taliban to state they want to have some kind of relations with the U.S. when what they are really after is “checkbook diplomacy” from the Biden administration, during a discussion about new reports that indicate the Taliban is refusing to allow planes with Americans and Afghan allies to leave the airport.
“They want to hold those people hostage,” the Tennessee Republican went on to stated during his chit-chat on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.” “It’s just a continuation of bad policy. They know what’s going to happen under Biden. They know eventually, he’ll capitulate. He’ll break out this country’s checkbook once again and we’ll be sending pallets of cash to our enemies, and then unfortunately what’ll end up happening is more Americans will lose their lives.”
On Sunday, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in an interview that the Taliban is blocking airplanes carrying Americans from leaving the Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport in northern Afghanistan.
The Associated Press, however, reported Tuesday that there are conflicting reports and that an Afghan official at the airport said that the passengers were Afghans and many didn’t have passports or visas and were not able to leave the country, according to NPR. He also said they left the airport.
“It’s chaos, is what it is,” said the congressman. “We have mixed reports. We have reports from people being tortured and abused and possibly murdered, so we really don’t know what’s going on in there, and that makes it even worse.”
However, he went on to say, Biden is “trying to move on and just forget this and acting like, you know what, like what Hillary Clinton said, what does it matter. That’s basically what you’re getting, and you’re getting our national media just echoing that very point.”
The U.S., Burchett added, should not have taken troops out of Afghanistan before removing the civilians who were in the country. You know, this seems like it should have been a no brainer, but then again, when you have as many cognitive issues as the president seems to have, guess you tend to lose your ability to use common sense.
“They got it backward,” Burchett explained. “[Biden] is the guy that didn’t want to get [Osama] bin Laden and they had him. Even [Barack] Obama wanted to get Osama bin Laden. Biden is inept and he needs to step down.”
Burchett then stated that he’s a bit concerned that the “devil we don’t know,” if the president resigns, might be “worse.”
“This country is in a bad state of affairs,” he said. “I say this all the time. But I tell folks, we need to start praying for our country because it is so far past diplomatic relations, and Americans are going to lose their lives.”
When asked whether or not this whole Afghanistan situation would stick to Biden and hurt him for the 2024 election or even before then, Burchett said that due to the fact Americans have short attention spans, it might not.
“In America, we want our pizzas in 30 minutes,” said the congressman, adding that he’s worried that if gas prices drop, “that’s what everybody’s going to focus on.”
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