Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis, a presidential candidate, was among the prominent Republicans who underscored the anniversary and lamented the lack of accountability. "This month marks the second anniversary of Biden's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Americans and our Afghan allies were left behind.
Thirteen brave service members were killed. Intelligence warnings that the Taliban would quickly take over were ignored. Billions of dollars in U.S. military equipment were gifted to the Taliban," DeSantis stated on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
He continued, "Since one of the worst foreign policy failures in U.S. history, our enemies including China, Russia, and Iran have become more emboldened. Afghanistan has once again become a terror safe haven as the Taliban eliminates rights for women under its tyranny. It is a disgrace no one has been held accountable."
Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and another GOP presidential primary candidate, echoed DeSantis' sentiments about the lack of accountability. "To date, no one has taken responsibility for the botched withdrawal. No one has been fired, and no one replaced. The families of the 13 murdered service members can’t even get basic answers about what happened. Shame on Joe Biden," she posted.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other lawmakers also weighed in on the issue. "Today, we mark the second anniversary of the fall of Kabul," McCarthy observed. "By ceding Kabul to the Taliban, President Biden set off a chain of events that culminated in the death of 13 brave American service members and the humiliation of America on the world stage," he contended.
However, GOP Representative Chip Roy of Texas argued that the blame for the Afghanistan debacle should not be placed solely on Biden. "Biden does not bear solitary blame for the Afghanistan disaster. He shares that culpability with the swamp politicians who, for almost two decades, provided no clear mission or strategic objectives for victory,"
Roy stated. "Today, we continue to have decades-old, outdated Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) on the books that provide no strategic clarity for the threats we face."