“Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Trump said in a statement.
“In addition to the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost. If it is not handed back, we should either go in with unequivocal Military force and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it. Nobody ever thought such stupidity, as this feeble-brained withdrawal, was possible!” he added.
According to reports, as the Taliban took over Afghanistan and the US evacuated, they plundered billions of dollars in US military equipment, displaying not only US rifles but armored vehicles, helicopters, planes, and other heavy weapons.
Videos circulating on social media of Taliban fighters posing proudly next to UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters show that these spoils are important propaganda tools.
“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defense materials has gone, but certainly, a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitted earlier this month.
According to a 2017 Government Accountability Office report, the US sent nearly 76,000 vehicles, 600,000 weapons systems, and 208 aircraft to the Afghan Security Forces between 2013 and 2016.
According to a recent Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) analysis, the Defense Department has sent Afghan forces over 7,000 machine guns, over 4,700 Humvees, and over 20,000 grenades in the last few years.
Last week, former Navy SEAL Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., warned that the Taliban now has access to $85 billion in American military equipment.
“The Taliban now has more Blackhawk helicopters than 85% of the countries in the world,” he said in a press conference.
“This administration still has no plan to get this military equipment or supplies back,” Banks said.
Kevin McCarthy accuses Biden of ‘giving the Taliban more Blackhawks than Australia’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused President Joe Biden of abandoning Americans in Kabul to be hostages and arming the Taliban with more Blackhawk helicopters than Australia owns in a Sunday interview.
“President Biden handed over billions of dollars in American military weaponry to the Taliban. They now have more Blackhawk helicopters than Australia, and they have released thousands of ISIS terrorists from prison,” McCarthy wrote Monday morning.
“They have our drones and others,” the Republican lawmaker said on television Sunday. “We need to focus on protecting America, and that’s something that this administration is not doing, but putting more Americans that could be held hostage stuck in Afghanistan.”