U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) appeared on WISN-TV’s ‘Upfront’ to discuss the Biden administration’s failure to safely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and his recent visit to Fort McCoy, where Afghan refugees are being housed.
Excerpts are below.
On Safe Evacuations for Americans and Afghan allies:
“I am not overly confident. This is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the bombing, their families, their friends. We are relying on the Taliban for the outer perimeter security. Obviously, they are not particularly effective at doing it. Hard to say how much security they want to provide here. The real problem here is this didn’t have to happen. This type of withdrawal was so incredibly incompetent. This was so incredibly botched. And now we are in a terrible situation, where we’re relying on the Taliban to successfully conclude this withdrawal.”
On the Failed Evacuation Strategy:
“When I was Ft. McCoy, I know President Biden has famously said they planned on every contingency, so I asked the commanding general, ‘When was the first time you were going to be charged with this mission of bringing in Afghan refugees?’ He said, ‘Literally 10 days ago.’ That’s not a whole lot of preplanning…the decision was made to bug out. … We should have really planned. We should not have given up Bagram Air Base. We should have identified the … the people that did fight side-by-side (with us), that are in great peril of being slaughtered by the Taliban. We should have rounded up any U.S. citizen that wanted to get out of there. And we should have done that months ago, not days before the planned withdrawal.”