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Rep. Williams’ Statement on Afghanistan

Aug 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan:

“The events unfolding in Afghanistan are truly horrifying. I can’t help but think of the thousands of Americans who gave their last full measure on those distant battlefields, and the thousands more who will forever carry the scars of America’s longest war, injuries both seen and unseen. As the representative for Fort Hood, this is deeply personal to our community, and even more personal to our Veterans who know firsthand what the situation on the ground means for our Afghan partners and their families. As we witness the situation on the ground growing worse, our Commander in Chief, President Joe Biden is entirely absent.

Just weeks ago, President Biden reaffirmed that the Taliban would not take control, that Afghan partners and vulnerable civilians would be offered safe passage from the country, and that the Afghan military could hold the line. Every word he spoke flew in the face of the Intelligence Community’s assessment, and while the President was in hiding at Camp David, our ambassador and diplomatic staff were being airlifted from America’s $700 million embassy. In the midst of this chaos, Nancy Pelosi had the audacity to tweet “the President is to be commended for the clarity of purpose of his statement on Afghanistan and his action”, offering her full-throated endorsement of Biden’s plan, or lack thereof, that led to the Taliban taking full control of the country while Americans were on the run from what would have been certain death.

President Biden owns this disaster, but even a personal acknowledgement of his failure would be a disservice to properly holding him accountable. Joe Biden’s decisions should be fully investigated, and his advisors should be called before Congress to answer for their role in this international embarrassment. Nancy Pelosi, who lavished praise on the President’s decision should immediately resign. While she ignores this growing crisis, nearly 7,000 American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines are being called upon to clean up their mess, with no clear mission, and unimaginable conditions on the ground.” – Congressman Roger Williams