Republican Senator Lindsey Graham spoke on CBS’s political talk show Face the nation today, saying that Afghanistan’s failed withdrawal “set the stage for another September 11.”
Host Ed O’Keefe asked Graham, who is not a fan of President Joe Biden’s handling of the situation, what he would have done differently.
“Well number one, I wouldn’t have retired,” Graham said. “It would have kept the counterterrorism forces on the ground. Your reporter indicated that when we have people on the ground working with indigenous forces, that is the best insurance policy against another 9/11. It would have forced the Taliban to comply with the conditions set out in the deal with Trump. “
Graham then painted a chilling picture of where he thinks the situation is.
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“It has been a very emotional few days for all of us. The hideous parade is about to unfold. We left behind thousands of Afghan allies who fought valiantly with us. We are going to leave behind hundreds of American citizens. The possibility of another 9/11 skyrocketed. These drone attacks will not degrade ISIS. The number of ISIS fighters has doubled. We have turned our backs on our allies who will help us in our… in the future. And we set the conditions for another September 11. “
He went on to say that “he has never been more concerned about an attack on our homeland than I am at this time. And we did not end this war. President Biden said he wanted to remove this: Afghanistan from the plate for future presidents. It has done the exact opposite. For the next 20 years, American presidents will be dealing with this catastrophe in Afghanistan. This war is not over. We have entered a deadly new chapter. The terrorists are now in charge of Afghanistan. “
The Taliban should not be recognized as the legitimate government in Afghanistan, Graham said. “You don’t want to recognize a terrorist group that takes over the land by force.”
He also claimed that terrorists around the world would be studying the playbook if the Biden administration were forced to rescue the Americans left behind.
“Our lawyer, the Biden administration, does not legitimize the Taliban, it does not recognize them, because if it does, it will put Americans at risk around the world because other terrorist organizations will say the best way to get attention and legitimacy is to kidnap. to some Americans or people who fought with the United States. We are in a very dangerous situation in Afghanistan. And I am concerned about the consequences of how we deal with Afghanistan may affect our footprint around the world. “
He also questioned the advice Biden received.
“Whose decision was it to remove all the troops? Was it good advice, ignored? I do not know. I think he should be facing a lot of consequences here, because the only thing he wanted to do, and he’s a decent man, it’s not about him being a decent man, it’s that he wanted to end the war in Afghanistan and make sure we didn’t. I won’t have to deal with it in the future. It has done the exact opposite. General Biden’s fingerprints are everywhere. It has created the conditions for ISIS to flourish in Afghanistan. They have doubled the number of troops available due to the escape. A terrorist organization called the Taliban is now in charge of the country. The probability of an attack on our homeland is through the roof. It was half a month ago. It has to be very high right now. “