Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke out on Monday to blast President Joe Biden for how he has responded to the disaster in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized the country.
“Just as President Biden has failed our country on COVID [Chinese coronavirus], at the border and economically — he has failed in Afghanistan. Since he was on vacation, I don’t know if he even noticed. We did,” Gaetz said in a statement.
Gaetz went on to say that while Biden’s decision to withdraw was “correct,” the strategy and tactics were both “horrific and incompetent.”
“The fundamental error was ever believing that the Afghan ‘government’ and ‘military’ would ever fight for or win anything. They fled the country with whatever they could steal at the first whiff of the Taliban,” Gaetz said.
“It wasn’t exactly Valley Forge, Concord or Lexington. They were thugs and thieves, not patriots,” he continued, attacking Biden for believing “legitimacy of an illegitimate Afghan Government.”
Gaetz then said that because of this mistaken belief, “the right precautions were not taken to ensure that military equipment, paid for by the U.S. Taxpayer, did not fall into the hands of the Taliban or Iran.”
“Sadly, that’s exactly what happened,” he said.
Gaetz also said that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who has prioritized Critical Race Theory, was “made a fool.”
“Days ago he was crowing about the additional work the U.S. would be doing in Afghanistan to protect the airport and embassy. More funding and support for the Afghan Security Forces was his recommendation,” he said, saying that Biden needs to fire Milley “today.”
“Twenty years toiling in Afghanistan has been a mistaken exercise in American nation building,” Gaetz said. “We should learn this lesson. We should cherish and love our country enough to appreciate that the Cheney-istas cannot replicate it in Central Asian caves with any amount of American treasure or blood.”
“I will be leading the fight in Congress to put America First in all we do,” he added. “We must build the strongest military in the world — capable of winning any battle and vanquishing any foe. We must commit to use it sparingly, only when in the direct national interest of our countrymen, not to settle disputes with barbaric tribes oceans away.”