Senator Marsha Blackburn told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow that President Joe Biden did not have an exit strategy from Afghanistan, but rather a date to be out by.
“Joe Biden did not have an exit strategy,” Blackburn said, “He had a date he wanted to be out by, which was September 11. And as … the Taliban had said for years, ‘You might have the clocks, but we’ve got the time.'”
She continued, “President Trump and Secretary Pompeo had an exit strategy, and the Biden administration threw this aside. They were not working on threat assessments or conditions-based [withdrawal]. They moved forward with a date and a narrative, and now, we have an issue where you have Afghanistan falling to the Taliban, China, and Russia.”
Blackburn also warned about worsening conditions for the women in Afghanistan, explaining that the Taliban follows Shariah law, in which women do not have rights.
“It is regrettable [to see Afghanistan] falling to the Taliban [and] the Taliban moving so quickly,” she said. “It shows you how they were laying in wait for the U.S. to begin the exit, and then, they started to topple these provincial capitals one at a time. I fear for those that had supported the U.S. efforts and for the women and children that are in this country because we know that [the Talban] is going to implement … Sharia law.”
Women and girls “are no longer going to be allowed to go to school, to be in a business, to go to work, [or] to have a job,” Blackburn continued.
She also noted how weak the Biden administration has revealed themselves to be, and how that is creating prey out of the United States.
“The Chinese are moving forward aggressively — as are the Russians and others — to fill this void,” she said. “They sense weak leadership.”
“The whole thing … could have been avoided,” Blackburn added. “This would not have happened if [the withdrawal] was threat assessment- and conditions-based.”
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