(RepublicanInformer.com)- Republican Florida congressman and former Green Beret Michael Waltz this week implored President Joe Biden to bring forward his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
The new president pushed back President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and ending America’s longest-running war to September, in a plan to coincide the withdrawal with the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Rep. Waltz said that if President Biden doesn’t act now, then bloody will be on his hands. The time for talk and debate, he added, is over.
What possible reason other than symbolism could President Joe Biden have to delay the withdrawal of American troops?
Independent Senator for Maine Angus King also said on Tuesday that the Biden administration should have its “hair on fire” over the issue of withdrawing American troops, with many other members of Congress pushing Biden to bring forward his plans…and do what President Donald Trump had spent four years preparing to complete in July.
The Biden administration’s excuse for delaying the withdrawal is the Special Immigrant Visa program set up for members of the Afghanistan military. Biden’s White House said that applications are being accelerated to ensure Afghans who helped the U.S. military can seek refuge in the United States and protect themselves from being targeted by Islamic radicals and the Taliban once U.S. troops leave.
But lawmakers are pushing Biden to find alternative plans, allowing at-risk Afghanistan military personnel to seek refuge in Guam and other regions while their applications to live in the United States are processed by the State Department.
Waltz made his comments during a press conference alongside Democratic Colorado Congressman Jason Crow, who agreed that it was time for evacuation. Crow said that the most practical solution was allowing pending applicants to move to Guam, explaining that it was a system used previously in 1975 following the Vietnam war, and that it could be done successfully again.