Lawmaker/Afghan Vet: Terrorists Were 'Waiting for a President Like Joe Biden'


Afghan War veteran and GOP Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana says terrorists in Afghanistan were waiting for a president like Joe Biden to come along in order to strike.

Banks, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, told Fox News host Harris Faulkner on Thursday that the day’s deadly bomb attacks on U.S. military personnel and Afghan civilians outside of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport could have been avoided.

“I’m heartbroken thinking about the many lives that are affected, our service members, the lives of the Afghans who have been helping us over the last 20 years who are trying to get to the airport,” he said.

“All of this was completely avoidable. That’s what makes me so angry watching these images,” he added.

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The congressman said that the group known as ISIS-K — or Islamic State – Khorasan Province — has been gaining strength in Afghanistan for three years. The terror group is believed to have conducted the Thursday attacks that have killed at least 12 U.S. service members and wounded 15 others.

Additionally, 60 Afghans were killed in the two suicide bomber strikes, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Banks argued that the Islamic State group has been “waiting for a moment like this, waiting for a president like Joe Biden to create a chaotic situation like what he has, to strike.”

“We saw what’s happened over the last couple of hours. We’re going to see a lot more of that to come in the days ahead,” the lawmaker predicted.

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“The responsibility for this tragedy rests squarely on the shoulders of Joe Biden. His incompetence means American blood has been shed,” Banks said in a Thursday statement.

The U.S. Navy Reserve officer, who served in Afghanistan in 2014-15, further contended there were some basic steps that could have been taken to avoid what is happening in Kabul.

“If we would have kept a small footprint of special operations, counterterrorism-focused troops in Afghanistan, through all of this, and if we would have kept the Bagram Airfield open rather than rely on the very inefficient Kabul public airport … this situation could have unfolded a lot more effectively and in a much better than what it has,” he told Faulkner. (The full interview can be seen here, starting about the 8:45 mark.)

Banks does not have confidence the Biden administration will be able to get all Americans out of Afghanistan.

Former President Donald Trump in a Thursday statement said, “Melania and I send our deepest condolences to the families of our brilliant and brave Service Members whose duty to the U.S.A. meant so much to them. Our thoughts are also with the families of the innocent civilians who died today in the savage Kabul attack.”

“This tragedy should never have been allowed to happen,” Trump added, “which makes our grief even deeper and more difficult to understand.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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