Trump, pols torch Biden over deadly Kabul airport explosion

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Wounded Afghans lie on a bed at a hospital after a deadly explosions outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan

President Biden has faced a mountain of furious criticism over the twin suicide attacks that killed 13 American service members and at least 95 Afghans – including from former President Trump, who ripped his successor over the “dumbest move ever made perhaps in the history of our country.”

The 45th president told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night that Biden has surrounded himself with “woke generals” who’ve embraced liberal politics over national security.

“Biden and the woke generals are just woke,” Trump blasted.

“I was saying even at the end of my time, I was seeing letters being sent out about equality and all of these different things — the soldiers, they want to fight, they want to be prepared to fight, they want to be soldiers, but the woke generals, it has got into a level that nobody can even believe.”

The former president then torched Biden and his top generals, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, for botching the US withdrawal from the war-torn country — labeling it the “most embarrassing thing that has ever happened” to the US.

“They forgot one thing, they forgot to take the people with them and the merchandise with them, meaning they forgot to take the greatest military equipment anywhere in the world with them, and it’s hard to believe, actually, because a child would have understood,” Trump said.

Wounded Afghans lie on a bed at a hospital after a deadly explosions outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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“It’s so sad. It’s probably from the standpoint of military tactics and just embarrassment, the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to our country — we look like fools all over the world, we are weak, we are pathetic, we are being led by people that have no idea what they are doing.”

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Trump also pointed out that Biden, in his remarks to the nation, acknowledged that the extremists hadn’t killed a US service member in 18 months because of the deal struck in 2020, before he became president.

He also cited his personal discussions with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, saying he made it clear to the militant that the US would hit back tenfold to any hostile acts toward the military.

A relative mourns next to the body of a victim of the airport bomb blast yesterday in Afghanistan.
A relative mourns next to the body of a victim of the airport bomb blast yesterday in Afghanistan.
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“We had them totally under control. Every time we saw movement, we’d hit them with an F-18, and the movement stopped,” the former president said. “But we had very little of that because of Abdul, who I spoke to … Abdul would not let anybody do anything.”

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are up in arms, with some calling on President Biden to resign.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) bashed Biden over the “horrific” bombings.

“Our enemies have taken advantage of the chaotic nature of Biden’s withdrawal,” he said in a tweet. “Speaker Pelosi must bring Congress back before Aug 31 so we can be briefed thoroughly by the Administration and prohibit the withdrawal of our troops until every American is safely out.”

A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of two powerful explosions, which killed scores of people including 13 US troops
A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of the two explosions, which left 13 Americans dead.
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) passionately called for Biden’s resignation.

“To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible. It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign,” he said in a tweet.

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) said in a tweet that Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Milley “should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.”

Tom Rice (R-South Carolina), one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, also called for Biden’s resignation.

Volunteers and medical staff bring an injured man for treatment after the two explosions.
Volunteers and medical staff bring an injured man for treatment after the two explosions.
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“Do the American people a favor. Resign and turn the job over to someone who can handle it,” he fumed on Twitter.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Biden should either “step down or be removed” for his handling of Afghanistan.

And H.R McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, warned, “This is what happens when you surrender to a terrorist organization like the Taliban.”

“This is just the beginning. We now have jihadist terrorists in control of the state and that is a win not only for the Taliban, as narrowly defined, but also to al Qaeda, to ISIS-K and other jihadist terrorist organizations,” he said on MSNBC.

“We have to recognize that this is just the beginning of a much more severe threat to all civilized peoples. We have now handed the Taliban a nation-state — the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. And that is a victory for them, it is a victory for al Qaeda, it’s a victory for ISIS and other jihadist terrorists,” he continued.

Wounded Afghan men hospital
At least 95 Afghans were killed in the bombings.
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Also weighing in was Robert O’Neill, the former US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, who called it a “sad day” and said there is “a lot of anger and frustration from veterans” who predicted such a disaster.

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“What I learned and we’re learning right now is they’re going to lie. They lied to us. They don’t need to tell us the truth because it’s not a legitimate government. These are what we call terrorists,” O’Neill told Fox News.

Meanwhile, Biden also came under attack within his own party.

US Rep. Susan Wild, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, said in a tweet that she was “devastated.”

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Trump called the situation in Afghanistan “the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to our country.”
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“Although it is clear to me that we could not continue to put American service members in danger for an unwinnable war, I also believe that the evacuation process appears to have been egregiously mishandled,” Wild wrote.

“In order to move forward, we need answers and accountability regarding the cascading failures that led us to this moment. Our troops deserve nothing less than a complete and unvarnished truth,” she added.

 



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