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Heartland lawmakers react to Biden’s decision to not send troops to Afghanistan

Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 6:56 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2021 at 7:04 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Some Heartland lawmakers are speaking out on President Joe Biden’s decision to not send troops to Afghanistan.

On Monday, the president said he stands behind his decision to not send troops to Afghanistan.

He addressed the nation in a Monday afternoon press conference where he doubled down on his stance.

Illinois Representative Mike Bost tweeted about the decision.

“He’s condemned allied Afghan soldiers, interpreters and journalist to certain death. He’s abandoned the women and girls whose rights and lives are at stake under Taliban control. He’s severed a vital intelligence network that helped prevent attacks in the region and here at home,” he said.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin released a statement on Monday.

“President Biden understands history when it comes to Afghanistan. He made the difficult decision to not hand over this longest of American wars to a fifth president. And had he walked away from the withdraw agreement originally negotiated by President Trump, Taliban attacks on U.S. forces would have restarted and required yet another surge in U.S. troops. How long were Americans willing to continue this cycle, particularly if the Afghan government wasn’t willing to fight for its own future?

“This endless cost in American lives and taxpayer dollars was not sustainable. And while people can have honest debates about U.S. policy in Afghanistan, those who sat silently when Donald Trump pursued a hasty U.S. withdrawal and now cry howls of outrage reek of hypocrisy.

“We must ensure we bring all Americans, including Mark Frerichs, safely home. And we must also keep our commitment to help those Afghans who helped the U.S. effort to safely leave as well.”

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth released a statement on Monday also.

“The images we’ve seen of Afghanistan falling to the Taliban are tragic and incredibly difficult to watch, especially for the countless American servicemembers and military families who sacrificed greatly in that nation.

“Right now, my attention is focused on the evacuation, which includes ensuring our nation leaves absolutely no stone unturned in our efforts to secure the safe return of my constituents, including American hostage Mark Frerichs, as well as all Americans in Afghanistan and on safely evacuating as many of our Afghan partners as possible.

“For two decades, thousands of brave Afghans have chosen to put themselves and their families in great danger in order to support our troops’ mission in their country, and in return our nation made a promise that we would keep our partners safe. Many of them bled alongside our troops and thousands remain in grave danger as our nation completes its withdrawal. We should not break our word to them in this desperate moment of need.”

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley released a statement saying:

“President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a disastrous display of incompetence that has provoked a humanitarian crisis. He and his administration have generally shown themselves unable to fulfill their commitment to an orderly withdrawal.”

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