The rapidly worsening situation in Afghanistan — where the Taliban has swept through the country amid the relatively swift end to America’s 20-year occupation — is an “embarrassment to our nation,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Saturday.
As the insurgents claimed ever more territory, meeting little to no resistance along the way, McCarthy (R-Calif.) took to Twitter to decry the situation.
“Tonight we held a call with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the US to discuss the deteriorating situation. I remain deeply concerned with the Biden Admin’s mismanagement of their bungled withdrawal. Much like his failed withdrawal from Iraq, it is an embarrassment to our nation,” he wrote.
“What will unfold in Afghanistan will be a humanitarian crisis,” McCarthy lamented in a subsequent tweet. “The regime that is taking power is one that routinely violates human rights, particularly the rights of women. Afghan women who have voted, gone to school, and lived independently for 20 years will suffer the most.”
McCarthy’s remarks came just a day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for 11th hour airstrikes in a bid to turn back the Taliban.