On Friday, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pressed Bident to direct airstrikes against the Taliban insurgents; this happened after what he called an “urgent conversation” with Adela Raz, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.S.
McConnell is calling out Biden for botched withdrawal of U.S. troops, calling him to act immediately to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe
McConnell, together with other Republican figures, implicated the Biden administration of botching the planned removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
In a brutal statement, McConnell declared that the condition in Afghanistan was a catastrophe, provoking a humanitarian crisis. He continued, stating that it is not yet too late to stop the Taliban insurgents from invading Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 14, 2021
McConnell added Biden and his administration should move faster in hammering advances of the Taliban forces by conducting airstrikes and giving critical support to the National Defense of the Afghan government.
This is as well needed for the Security Forces who are protecting the capital. He said this will stop the seemingly impending fall of the city of Kabul.
So far, the Pentagon has already sent 3,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan to evacuate personnel at the U.S. embassy in Kabul; this comes as the Taliban forces are starting to make advances towards the city.
By far, the insurgent is not controlling half of the 34 provincial capitals of Afghanistan and over two-thirds of the country’s territory.
McConnell added that immediate action to help the security forces in Afghanistan is necessary in order to prevent the bigger crisis from happening.
The Senate Minority Leader also raised a concern, stating that if the Biden administration fails to do so, the security threat to America will definitely develop; furthermore, the deaths and humanitarian costs to the innocent lives in Afghanistan will be catastrophic.
Biden and his administration settled with the statement they do not have regrets about withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan
Meanwhile, the White House mentioned that Biden (together with Secretary of State Tony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin) will be having a meeting to talk about the continuing effort to safely downsize the “civilian footprint”.
It can be noted that John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said earlier this week that the United States military would continue supporting the Afghan troops with airstrikes together with other aid, whenever and wherever it is feasible. However, he noted that it should be understood that the situation is most of the time not going to be feasible.
“They've got to fight for themselves.”
US President Joe Biden says he does not regret his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, as the Taliban maintain control of 65% of the country.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) August 11, 2021
Previously, Biden set August 31st as the deadline for the U.S. to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The officials in the Biden administration maintain the president does not have any regrets with his decision of withdrawing U.S. troops from the country, despite the rising number of civilian casualties.