Senator Lindsey Graham said President Joe Biden had “blood on his hands” for the way he handled the withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan.
In an interview with Fox News ahead of Veterans Day, the South Carolina Republican denigrated Biden’s foreign policy credentials and said his friendship with the president was permanently damaged by leaving Afghanistan.
Biden has been criticized for his decision to withdraw the US military after the US-backed government collapsed in Kabul as the Taliban regained control of the country.
Chaotic scenes around Kabul airport in August and the deaths of 13 U.S. servicemen in a terrorist attack added to the scrutiny of Biden, who vigorously defended his decision to end the States’ longest war- United.
But Graham made his feelings known in a segment on Fox that began with the announcement that the new US special envoy to Afghanistan, Thomas West, was traveling to Pakistan this week to meet with the Foreign Secretary of the United States. Taliban and diplomats from Russia and China.
Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it was inevitable that the US withdrawal would lead to the rise of other terrorist threats.
“Afghanistan is hell on earth for those who live there,” he said Wednesday. “The Biden administration has dishonored all of our strength.”
âJoe Biden has been the most incompetent foreign policy president in my life, worse than Jimmy Carter. He doesn’t understand the nature of the war on terror, he thinks we can pull out of these areas and be in. security.”
Graham said he had always advocated for a US military presence “in the backyard of our enemy so that they do not come into our backyard”, and added that the reduction in troops from the former -President Donald Trump at 2,500 “was enough to hold the place together.”
Concern about the Taliban
Graham accused the Taliban of intransigence in “Al Qaeda aid and policing” and that “if we give them a penny of aid it would be the ultimate betrayal of all those who have been harmed by the Taliban and threatened by Al-Qaeda. . “
“The most incompetent decision since September 11 paves the way for another September 11 against our homeland and our allies,” he said.
âI’ve known Joe Biden for a long time,â Graham told America’s Newsroom. “I had a good personal relationship with him. He is an honest man, but what he did in Afghanistan, I will never forgive him.”
“He’s got blood on his hands and he’s made America less secure,” he said, calling him “the most consistently wrong foreign policy man in my life.”
The tone Graham set was markedly different from his statements about Biden in the past, with the couple previously having a friendly relationship over the years.
In 2016, Graham said in an interview: “If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person … you’ve got a problem,” describing him as “the nicest person I’ve ever met in politics” .
Biden has always defended the Afghan exit, declaring at the end of August: “I was not going to prolong this war forever, and I was not going to prolong an exit forever.”
Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.