Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) went on Fox News on Wednesday to slam President Joe Biden for his handling of the U.S. troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Navy SEAL and combat veteran is less than pleased with what is happening.
Crenshaw went so far as to say that Biden has been “utterly incompetent” when it comes to Afghanistan, and that he has behaved the opposite of how President Donald Trump would have. The Republican also said that the “State Department really botched this” and the “Secretary of State owes the American people a lot of explanations.”
“How Biden did this is so utterly incompetent, and my office has been in touch with sources who are very close to the operation. And this is a State Department-led operation. OK? The State Department overruled DoD,” Crenshaw said. “When DoD wanted to make Bagram the last place where we would have troops — the State Department overruled them. It was a foolish mistake because Bagram can hold a lot more aircraft, for instance, than Kabul.”
“They didn’t like how it would look to abandon Kabul before Bagram,” he added when asked why things were handled this way.
“And here’s another thing the State Department never did: They never even built a contingency plan to take people out of the embassy. They were planning on just staying even though conditions on the ground were getting worse and worse. … By Saturday they had no plans to leave. This is what we’re hearing from insiders. The Secretary of State owes the American people a lot of explanations for this. Of course, the buck stops with Biden. Biden made all of these decisions, and it’s reprehensible, but the State Department really botched this.”
Crenshaw had said earlier in the week that Biden’s “incompetence” has led to the Taliban’s takeover, which means the world is now “a lot more dangerous.”
“It just blows my mind that this is where we’ve come to,” Crenshaw told Fox News. “I’ve been beating this drum for a long time trying to explain to people that you send people like me over there so that you fight them there instead of here.”
“There’s a lot of intelligence that demonstrates that the people there do want to commit terrorist attacks here on the homeland. They always have,” he continued. “This is what they do. They hate Western civilization.”
This piece was written by James Samson on August 19, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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