In April, Biden declared that the United States would pull out almost all its remaining troops from Afghanistan by the time the fall is over after spending nearly 20 years there. Recenty, the military has officially left Bagram Airfield to hand over the control of this strategically important post to Afghan National Security Forces.
Biden intends to keep 650 troops in Afghanistan, primarily to secure diplomats at the U.S Embassy. However, the Taliban, which was overthrown in 2001, will be under the control of Afghanistan's military leadership.
Biden expressed a small vote of confidence that the Afghan government would be able do so on Friday, and stated that some assistance from the U.S. would help.
He said that the Afghans would have to do it all themselves.
McCaul stated that he was concerned about the safety and security of those at the Embassy given the size of the security forces assigned to this task. He compared it with the doomed stand at Alamo in 1836.
Texas is where I am from. He said that the Alamo, where 250 Texans fought 5,000 Mexicans was not a happy ending. "I think the odds of Afghanistan are worse."
McCaul stated that he did not agree with Biden's strategy. He was partially inherited by former President Donald Trump, who set a May 1, deadline. McCaul argued that terrorists will fill the vacuum.
McCaul also mentioned concerns raised by U.S. military officers during the decision-making process.
McCaul stated that nobody thought it was a good idea.