Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday criticized President Joe Biden for his handling of the Afghanistan evacuation process calling it a “debacle of significant proportions.”
“Today, what President Biden said frankly made it worse. I didn’t hear a single thing from him today that would have given comfort to those families. There’s still no plan to get these Americans back. I didn’t hear a single thing that would give comfort to the very allies you spoke about,” he said in the Sean Hannity Show aired on Fox News.
He further added that the president did not say anything that would frighten the Taliban and make them believe that the “administration will post any cost on the group for their activities”.
“This is a debacle of significant proportions. We haven’t seen anything like this, the United States, in an awfully long time. America has the tools to fix this, our military could certainly figure out a way to go get these folks back and to destroy some of these billions of dollars in equipment that we left behind, but it’s going to take American resolve and leadership, and President Biden has refused to show this for the entire time,” he added.
On August 17, Joe Biden in a televised speech declared that he is planning to withdraw US troops from the country after 20 years. “After 20 years I have learned the hard way that there was no good time to withdraw US forces.”
He also blamed the Afghan administration for the current chaotic situation as many leaders including President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.