(ConservativeHub.com) – Former Vice President Mike Pence has accused President Biden of being responsible for the disorderly withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan, which tragically led to the deaths of 13 American service members during the evacuation process. In an interview with CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation,” Pence said that no American casualties had occurred in the 18 months preceding the evacuation and placed the blame “squarely” on the President.
According to The Hill, Pence’s words come just days after a State Department review was released, which stated that both the Trump and Biden administrations bore responsibility for the chaotic withdrawal, resulting in the loss of American lives. The review highlighted the failure of senior officials to adequately anticipate potential deviations from the plan or rapidly escalating situations.
While it is true that the plan followed by the Biden administration during the evacuation was initially created during the Trump administration, Pence asserted that the Biden administration’s lack of action after the Taliban’s advancement into cities was the primary factor leading to the tragic loss of service members’ lives. According to Pence, the Trump administration had intended to withdraw from Afghanistan, but Biden failed to respond when the Taliban violated the agreement and captured Mazar-e-Sharif, which ultimately led to the catastrophic withdrawal.
When asked about his stance on keeping American troops in Afghanistan after 2020, Pence expressed his belief that he would have chosen to maintain a military presence and that the withdrawal would have unfolded differently under Trump’s leadership.
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