Every American president enters office facing certain realities and enormous responsibilities. The job is to acknowledge the realities and accept the responsibility of trying to improve the situation. Unfortunately, President Biden has demonstrated an uncanny ability to make matters worse. To date, his administration is marked by a string of self-inflicted disasters: the border crisis, out-of-control spending and growing debt, and now the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. For America and the entire world's sake, I hope the actions he directed in Afghanistan don't turn out to be some of the worst foreign policy decisions in U.S. history. I don't envy the next president's task of cleaning up President Biden's messes.
On August 25, I visited Fort McCoy for a briefing with the 88th Readiness Division, where refugees from Afghanistan are being housed. I'm confident that the finest among us at Fort McCoy will do everything they can to serve honorably and do their best to help the people coming here and keep this country safe.
I do have concerns about the vetting process because this withdrawal from Afghanistan has been incredibly botched. My message to the commanding general at Fort McCoy is to be watchful.
On August 27, I sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State requesting information about an alleged incident at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul involving an U.S. military official preventing American citizens and Afghan allies from evacuating Afghanistan.
According to the allegation, a group of over 400 individuals including U.S. citizens were turned away from the airport. It is not clear what happened to the Americans and the other individuals after they left the airport. It's hard to believe that any U.S. military official would deny Americans the ability to evacuate Afghanistan.
I also appeared on WISN's UPFRONTentire interview here.