Rep. Michael Waltz, a Republican from Florida, stated that the major debacle caused by the Biden administration’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has “set the stage for a terrorist superstate,” while also providing the Taliban with a number of dangerous advantages.
Not only does the Taliban have access to billions of dollars in foreign currency reserves, Waltz said, but also an international airport that it, along with ISIS, al-Qaida, and other terror organizations can take full advantage of to fly their members all over the world, along with having an “army armed to the teeth with our own equipment.”
“It’s outrageous and it’s unconscionable,” the congresssman added.
Waltz, who was stationed for several tours in Afghanistan as a Green Beret, also said he agrees that the Taliban’s reported move to block six airplanes carrying Americans from leaving the Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport in northern Afghanistan constitutes a hostage situation.
Waltz said he and a number of other lawmakers began predicting the situation back in April when President Joe Biden made his announcement about pulling out of Afghanistan.
“We began demanding back then that he starts the evacuation and that we were not to remove all of our military assets until every American was out,” the congressman said. “But here we are. The administration is trying to kind of take a high five and call this an incredible success in turning the page but we still have Americans left behind.”
He said his office has been in touch with several grassroots veterans organizations “that have stepped into the void of leadership” to get Americans and Afghan allies to airports and onto charter flights, but they “couldn’t get the State Department to get the appropriate clearances.”
“Now we’re finally breaking through our own government bureaucracy [but] the Taliban won’t let them go,” he stated. “Why? Because this administration has handed the Taliban a mountain of leverage on a silver platter in the form of hundreds of Americans. This potentially could be the largest hostage crisis since 1979 and it was caused by Joe Biden.”
The Florida Republican then said that he believes Biden and his administration are attempting to “wash their hands of the entire thing.”
“They want it to go away, get off the headlines and they can get back to their socialist progressive policy agenda,” he said. “But these American families can’t wash their hands of it. These are Afghan allies that are being hunted down as we speak.”
Biden, meanwhile, has the blood of 13 members of the military on his hands and the situation isn’t going to disappear for Biden, Waltz added.
“As we head into the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we’re in a worse place than we were in 2001,” he went on to say. “The terrorism that is going to grow in Afghanistan won’t stay in Afghanistan. It’s going to spread like a cancer.”
Waltz then predicted that Afghanistan will end up breaking out into a civil war and American soldiers will probably have to go back to the country and deal with the fallout “just like we had to go back to Iraq to deal with [Barack] Obama’s mistake of yanking us out of there too soon.”