Keeney: Biden Betrays the Military, Americans, and Our Allies

GOOCHLAND, Va. – Taylor Keeney, in a Townhall column, calls out President Joe Biden for his many strategic failures of the Afghanistan withdrawal and his betrayal of the military, Americans, and our allies. Taylor echoes House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s call for a “reckoning” for the Biden administration’s failures and urges a thorough investigation of the crisis.

Biden Betrays the Military, Americans, and Our Allies
August 31, 2021

Thirteen U.S. service members are dead, $85 billion in U.S. military equipment is controlled by the Taliban, and a recognized terrorist organization is dictating American foreign policy.

Our credibility across the world is collapsing.

Through it all I cannot stop thinking about my brother, an active duty helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy.

Over his years of service he’s often on my mind, but as I watched the news coverage of the fall of Kabul to Taliban control, and the now infamous photo of a U.S. Chinook helicopter airlifting Americans from the U.S. Embassy, I can’t stop thinking about him, his friends, and all of our service men and women.

When Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the American military does not “have the capability to go out and collect up large numbers of people,” I was stunned. The U.S. military might not be able to get every American out of Afghanistan? My heart sank. Then I started to get angry.

What if that was my brother?

My mind raced to the blue star moms who have sons and daughters serving overseas. Moms like my mom, who watched her son deploy last year just days after his daughter was born. And I thought of the gold star moms who lost their children during the war in Afghanistan – who today feel like their loss was for nothing.

What happened to no one left behind?

When did we shift the entire paradigm around our service men and women overseas?

We abandoned Bagram Airfield – in the middle of the night without telling the Afghan commander – leaving us vulnerable and reliant on an unsecure airport.

We abandoned our allies as we hastily withdrew from Afghanistan with no cohesive plan to ensure all Americans and allies were safely out of the country and ensure that the Afghan government could maintain what had been built over the past 20 years.

We abandoned our national security interests, for a headline. A top Taliban political leader and Osama Bin Laden’s security chief have publicly returned to Afghanistan.

It is undeniable that America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a complete failure.

Now the clock is up. The Taliban made it clear we must have all troops out of Afghanistan by August 31st and they followed through on their word. Days before this deadline, with hope all but gone, Democrats in Congress paved the way for $3.5 trillion in reckless spending, but rejected a bill to ensure we don’t leave any American behind. Unacceptable and reckless.

We need to thoroughly investigate how this happened. How did President Biden and his Administration fail so miserably? As House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, there must be a day of reckoning for President Biden’s failures.

Read Taylor’s full oped on here.