Today marks the deadliest day for U.S. forces in combat since the downing of a U.S. CH-47D chinook helicopter ten years ago in Afghanistan call sign “Extortion 17”— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) August 26, 2021
Republican leaders in Congress have expressed their horror over the loss of life and the Biden Administration's continued failures in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan:
It is sickening and enraging to hear that at least 12 U.S. servicemembers have been killed at the hands of terrorists in Kabul. We need to redouble our global efforts to confront these barbarian enemies who want to kill Americans and attack our homeland. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/ydke3F6sZ7— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) August 26, 2021
Horrific. Our enemies have taken advantage of the chaotic nature of Biden's withdrawal.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 26, 2021
Speaker Pelosi must bring Congress back before Aug 31 so we can be briefed thoroughly by the Administration and prohibit the withdrawal of our troops until every American is safely out.
.@POTUS claims he's repairing damaged relationships with our allies and partners, but his Afghanistan actions speak louder than words: nations are questioning U.S. credibility after the catastrophic withdrawal that ignored conditions on the ground.https://t.co/PEeiZecgVt— Sen. Jim Inhofe (@JimInhofe) August 25, 2021
Coordination with the Taliban was a colossal mistake. We have Americans stranded, our forces under siege at the airport & even more sinister terror plots in the works. @potus must now implement a new evacuation strategy or more horror lies ahead— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 26, 2021
"I am praying for the families and loved ones of the brave and selfless U.S. service members who lost their lives and were injured in today’s terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport." Lead Republican @RepMikeRogersAL https://t.co/NPCFGF1ebv pic.twitter.com/GNMdDyU948— Armed Services GOP (@HASCRepublicans) August 26, 2021
Military veteran members of Congress also weighed in:
It's impossible to express my sorrow over these fallen warriors, or to find a word that could alleviate the grief of their families, or describe the rage I have towards those who chose to kill my brothers and President Biden who enabled them.— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) August 26, 2021
Mr. President, fix the mess you created. Stop running from it. We are still at war. You didn’t “end the war,” you just gave the enemy new advantage. Go on offense, establish superiority, and don’t leave until all our citizens and allies are safe. https://t.co/htKFMQ0Y0k— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 26, 2021
When future American soldiers have to go back in to deal with the incompetence of this Administration, they are going to have to fight through OUR OWN EQUIPMENT & more lives will be lost.— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) August 24, 2021
That blood will be on the Biden Admin's hands and Congress WILL hold them accountable. pic.twitter.com/zMsc5vaIXJ
The Biden Administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan has been nothing short of disastrous. Such loss of American life is tragic and inexcusable. May God be with the families of those lost, and may God protect our troops.