Rep. Weber Statement on President Biden's Withdraw from Afghanistan
Washington, August 17, 2021
WASHINGTON D.C – Tuesday August 17, 2021, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX-14) issued the following statement regarding President Biden's withdraw from Afghanistan:
"When we first went into Afghanistan, the United States should have had a clearly defined and thorough plan that met the main objective - kill Bin Laden and decimate the Taliban. Peace through strength - shock and awe!
"After spending so much time there, our leaders should have adhered to simple principles of war - never let your enemy know your plan. Why would we ever tell everyone our withdrawal plan or date?
"However, the tragic collapse we are seeing right now is not a result of any prior administration - Democrat or Republican. President Biden made the decision to disregard military advice. "[U.S.] leaders were told by the military it would take no time at all for the Taliban to take everything," an anonymous U.S. intelligence official told ABC News. "No one listened. "President Biden has once again led us into a national security crisis.
"The absent-minded leadership of this administration is costing valuable relationships from our foreign partners— but more importantly, costing the lives of those interpreters and Afghan nationals that put their lives on the line for OUR troops. To maintain our credibility and restore faith in our allies around the world that put their lives on the line to further America’s interests, we must help out Afghan allies by resettling them in allied countries in the region where they will be more likely to assimilate.
"Watching the collapse of Kabul, many of our brave troops, those that lost loved ones and our Afghan allies who put their lives on the line during this war in Afghanistan are left feeling that their service and sacrifice was in vain. I would like to assure each and everyone of them that America is proud of you and your bravery and dedication to our great nation will always be appreciated and never forgotten."