Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, somehow attempted to suggest it was okay that the Taliban got their hands on billions of dollars worth of powerful U.S. military equipment amid Biden’s failed withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Pelosi claimed that this is just “what happens” when troops leave.
“This is what happens when you withdraw,” Pelosi said in an interview with KPIX 5 News. “Some stuff is left there. It was thought that would be used. It was hoped that would be used by the Afghan military to defend its own country.”
“The fact that it did not and could not,” Pelosi added, “was all more the reason for us to leave.”
Pelosi was promptly shredded after the strange attempt to minimize just how disastrous the Taliban getting their hands on this high-tech military equipment is.
“Beyond parody,” one writer tweeted of Pelosi’s assertion.
“Pelosi doing her best to sell Biden’s catastrophic botch,” added Jorge Bonilla, director of the conservative Media Research Center Latino.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan admitted Tuesday that a “fair amount” of U.S. weapons given to the Afghanistan government had fallen to the Taliban, including guns, ammunition and helicopters.
“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defense materials has gone,” Sullivan said. “But certainly, a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban, and, obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport.”
Pelosi also defended Biden’s decision to remove U.S. troops, arguing it reduced the prospect of an attack on the homeland. She did not say whether Congress will investigate the decision-making behind the withdrawal, but she did preview a congressional hearing on the subject for next week.
Other lawmakers, including many Democrats, condemned Biden for the bungled operation. In the wake of the U.S. exit, the Taliban has seized control of almost all of Afghanistan, leaving tens of thousands of Americans stranded behind enemy lines.
“There’s no way to hide it,” Democrat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, tweeted. “The situation in Afghanistan is another shame on this admin. Withdrawal was never going to be easy but it didn’t need to come to this. The US must do everything in its power to help our partners & allies to safety & protect our national security.”
Biden was criticized for returning to Camp David following his speech on Afghanistan Monday, in which he did not take any questions. The Washington Post also fact-checked his address to conclude the president exaggerated the size of the Afghan military.
Calls for Biden to resign have piled up amid the disaster which has left the U.S. looking weak and incompetent on the global stage.
Republican Rep. Jim Banks on Tuesday night said the mishandling of the U.S. withdrawal and utter collapse of Afghanistan to the Taliban has made it clear that President Joe Biden is “not up for the job” as commander-in-chief.
The disaster in Afghanistan, particularly the Biden administration’s bungling of a speedy evacuation of Americans, “will go down in history as a black mark on our country and certainly will prove that this president is not up for the job,” Banks said during an appearance on Fox News.
“This is the greatest abdication of leadership that we’ve seen, certainly in my lifetime, by an American president and his team at the Pentagon when it comes to our national security interests. And the least that we can do is hold congressional hearings to get to the bottom of why,” Banks said, noting that he’s not “holding his breath” for such hearings since Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “supports” Biden’s efforts in Afghanistan.
Author: Mitchell Stugent
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