(RepublicanJournal.org) – The father of a US Marine who died during the bungled 2021 pullout from Afghanistan has blasted the Biden administration for its failures. In an August 29 speech to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he left no doubt about who he’s blaming for his son’s death. He joins several other families who aren’t happy with the White House’s response to the terrorist attack that killed 13 military personnel during the evacuation.
On July 1, 2021, the Biden administration began the withdrawal from Afghanistan by pulling US forces out of the Bagram airbase late at night without informing Afghan security forces. It was an inauspicious start to the evacuation, and once the US and its remaining allies had pulled back to a last redoubt at the Kabul Afghanistan International Airport in mid-August, things quickly got worse. Hordes of Afghans encircled the airport in an attempt to escape the advancing Taliban — and Islamist terrorists used the crowds to launch attacks on the troops securing the field. That culminated in a suicide bomb attack on August 26, 2021, that killed over 180 people, including 10 US Marines, two US Army soldiers and a US Navy corpsman.
On August 29, Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, addressed the House Foreign Affairs Committee as part of a roundtable event with Gold Star families. The event was planned to mark the two-year anniversary of the Kabul attack, but Schmitz pointed out that nothing had been achieved in that time. He told the committee, “Two years has gone by and where are we? To be frank, we’re knee-deep in bulls**t.”
He also pointed out that all the military figures involved in the operation are either still in their jobs or have even been promoted; “Not a single person has been held accountable.” He went on to blast Biden personally, saying “our so-called leader” has never named the military victims of the blast, and calling the president’s behavior “disgusting and cowardly.”
Biden Issued Statement
On August 26 of this year, the actual anniversary of the atrocity, Biden issued a statement honoring the victims, and saying he and the First Lady “remember and mourn” the victims. However, as Schmitz pointed out, the statement didn’t name the dead. Now the families of the fallen are calling on the administration to do something more concrete to honor their lost relatives — they want Biden to take responsibility for the botched withdrawal and resign. And, on top of that, they want him to say the names of the 13 young Americans who died following his orders.
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