With President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan 90% complete and seemingly ahead of schedule, expect Republicans to zero in on Taliban gains and any deterioration of security in the country where the United States has fought its longest war.
“It is not in America’s interest for the Taliban to take over Afghanistan. If the Taliban takes over part of Afghanistan, I fear that al Qaeda and ISIS will reemerge, and we will be paving a way for another 9/11,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told reporters on Tuesday.
“The threats we face from terrorism and tyranny have not been defeated,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last month. The Kentucky Republican has excoriated Biden’s planned withdrawal since it was first announced in April, describing it as “reckless,” “hasty,” and a “retreat” that will lead to a “likely catastrophe” and “threaten the U.S. homeland.”