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Waltz Statement on One Year Since Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Debacle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) released the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan:

“When Joe Biden ran for president in 2020, he campaigned on bringing competency and compassion to the White House. What we witnessed transpire in Afghanistan over the last year as a result of his disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal was both incompetent and heartless.

“Since the U.S. fully withdrew from Afghanistan a year ago, Americans are still left behind terrorist lines, our allies are being hunted, the Taliban have rearmed themselves with billions of dollars worth of U.S. military equipment, Al Qaeda & ISIS have reconstituted their ranks as foreign fighters flow into the country, Afghan women and girls have seen their rights stripped away, and famine has inflicted the country.

“Despite all this, not one senior Biden Administration official nor military officer has resigned or been fired as a result of the withdrawal. That is a disgrace to our country.

“Because of their actions, or lack thereof, the fallout of this debacle has irreparably harmed both our national security and global image.

“To date, House Democrats have refused to hold public hearings to demand accountability and transparency over what went wrong during the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. A Senate-passed commission to investigate the entirety of the War in Afghanistan, which isn’t due to submit its findings until December 2024, does nothing to bring accountability that is needed now.

“Should Republicans take back the House of Representatives, a GOP majority must carry out public investigations in a manner that has broad jurisdictional oversight and subpoena power over the Department of State, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community.

“We owe it to the thirteen Gold Star families who lost their loved ones to an avoidable terrorist attack, to the veterans who served in Afghanistan, and to the thousands of allies we abandoned and made unkept promises of security for their safety to get the accountability they deserve."