Rep McCaul Says The Taliban Are Holding Americans Hostage At An Airport In Afghanistan

Rep Michael McCaul(R-TX), the top Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, appeared on Fox News Sunday(09/05/2021), where he made the bombshell claim that the Taliban are holding Americans, already seated in planes and awaiting departure, hostage at the Mazar-i-Sharif Airport in Afghanistan.

Rep McCaul’s full interview on Fox News Sunday is available here, but the relevant clip is below

Rep McCaul told host Chris Wallace: “We have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif Airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now. State[Department] has cleared these flights, and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport…And that’s my concern…they[Taliban] are going to demand more and more, whether it be cash, or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan…This is really turning into a hostage situation, where they are not going to allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America.”

Needless to say, Americans being held hostage in a hostile foreign nation, will always be a big deal, or as TeamBiden would say, a “bfd”. It will be interesting to see how the Biden administration addresses this bombshell claim by the ranking Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Sen Lindsey Graham Calls For Biden’s Impeachment For “Dereliction Of Duty” Over Afghanistan

Senator Lindsey Graham(R-SC) appeared on CBS’ Face The Nation show(08/29/21) to discuss the ongoing evacuation crisis in Afghanistan. At his Face The Nation interview, Sen Graham blasted his “good friend”, President Biden, saying Biden needs to be impeached for “dereliction of duty” over his handling of Afghanistan.

Senator Graham’s full interview on Face The Nation is available here, but the relevant clip is below.

Host Ed O’Keefe:“You called for his impeachment[Thursday] over Afghanistan. Do you still feel he should be impeached over this?”

Sen Graham:“Yeah, I think it’s dereliction of duty to leave hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines, turn them into hostages, to abandon thousands of Afghans who fought honorably along our side, to create conditions for another 9/11 that are now through the roof. Yeah, I think he’s been derelict in his duties as Commander-in-Chief. I don’t think he got bad advice and took it, I think he ignored sound advice. This is Joe Biden being Joe Biden. He’s been this way for 40 years, but now he’s the Commander-in-Chief. He’s not a Senator, he’s not the Vice President. These are Commander-in-Chief decisions. I think the best you can describe him is dereliction of duty at the highest level.”

Notice how Sen Graham went out of his way to low-blow his “good friend” Biden, by projecting him as some kind of knucklehead, who’s impervious to wise counsel. Wow, with friends like Sen Graham, who needs enemies?

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, expect this “left our people behind” attack line, to feature heavily in GOP campaign ads for 2022. You’re already hearing the same chorus from establishment Republicans like Senators Mitch McConnell, Ben Sasse, Rep Liz Cheney , and others. Will TeamBiden/Democrats come up with an effective counternarrative to blunt this GOP attack line in 2022? As Trump famously says, “We’ll see what happens.”

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McConnell:”This Is One Of The Worst Foreign Policy Decisions In American History, Much Worse Than Saigon”

At his appearance on Fox News Sunday(08/29/21) to discuss the ongoing evacuation crisis in Afghanistan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY), slammed President Biden’s Afghanistan policy, calling it “one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history, much worse than Saigon.” Senator McConnell added that Biden’s Afghanistan policy was worse than America’s pullout from Vietnam because when we left Vietnam, we did not have to worry about further attacks from the country.

Senator McConnell’s full interview on Fox News Sunday is available here, but the relevant clip is below.

Sen McConnell told host Chris Wallace:“This[Biden’s Afghanistan policy]is one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history, much worse than Saigon, because after we left Saigon, there weren’t Vietnamese terrorists who were planning on attacking us here at home…”

Whether or not Biden’s Afghanistan policy is worse than Saigon, is a topic historians will feast over for years to come. Biden and fellow Democrats however, can bet on “worse than Saigon” being a popular attack line from Republicans, as we approach the 2022 elections. You heard similar attacks last weekend from Rep Liz Cheney(R-WY), and again this weekend from Senator Lindsey Graham, meaning the GOP intends to make Afghanistan a top campaign issue in 2022.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly warned from the onset of the Afghanistan debacle, a warning that was no doubt met with your eye roll, this is the kind of stuff that can destroy an administration.

TeamBiden needs to take these attacks by Senators McConnell, Graham, Sasse, Rep Cheney, and other establishment Republicans very seriously, and if that means keeping our troops longer in Afghanistan to prevent the Taliban from killing U.S. citizens, or our Afghan allies still trapped in the country, so be it. Leaving Afghanistan without coming up with a way to counter these establishment Republican attacks–“Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan”–will assuredly lead to major Dem losses in 2022. Plain and simple.

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