President Joe Biden’s decision to hold firm to the Aug. 31 deadline to complete the American withdrawal from Afghanistan has drawn fire from all corners, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) declaring the move akin to “signing the death warrant of thousands of Afghans who helped us” over the course of the past two decades, as Breitbart reports.
During a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, Graham blasted the president for the decisions he has made surrounding the withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling his management of the situation “the most dishonorable thing a commander in chief has done in modern times.”
Graham took issue with Biden’s decision to adhere to the Aug. 31 date for withdrawal simply because the Taliban declared that no extensions would be granted and that “consequences” would follow any attempts to circumvent it, saying that doing so made it impossible to evacuate every American citizen, let alone the full tally of deserving Afghan allies.
“We are going to leave thousands of Afghans who fought along our side behind, and we’re setting the table for the rise of Al Qaeda and ISIS to attack us down the road,” Graham warned, referencing the rapidly approaching date certain for departure.
Putting a fine point on the true gravity of Biden’s stubbornness regarding Aug. 31, Graham said in evident frustration, “So, yeah, I’m telling you it is over; that President Biden has signed the death warrant for thousands of Afghans who helped us. He’s washing his hands of Afghanistan,” adding, “I don’t think he’s going to get away with it, politically. I think there will be an uprising at home.”
Tuesday’s comments from Graham represented a more definitive follow-up to the rather more hypothetical assertions he made late last week that indicated that if Biden decided to allow the abandonment of American citizens or Afghan allies, he would deserve impeachment, which Fox News reported at the time.
On Friday, Graham insisted that the U.S. remains “duty-bound” to get all Americans out of Afghanistan safely and “honor-bound” to do the same for those Afghans who aided our troops, diplomats, and journalists along the way.
“If we leave one American behind. If we don’t get all those Afghans who stepped up to the plate to help us out then Joe Biden, in my view, as committed a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and should be impeached,” Graham opined.
Given the devastating Thursday terror attacks at the airport in Kabul that killed at least a dozen U.S. service members and left an unknown number of Afghans dead or injured, Graham’s dire predictions for the fate of Biden’s presidency resulting from the administration’s egregious mishandling of the crisis have taken on a new degree of plausibility.