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President Joe Biden is moving ahead with plans to evacuate all U.S. citizens and troops from Afghanistan by Aug. 31, providing the Taliban do not interfere with the evacuation. But Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a combat veteran, says she does not see how it’s possible to meet that deadline.
The notion that Americans and our Afghan partners can be evacuated by the end of the month “is a fantasyland that has been developed by President Biden, by the administration,” Ernst says. “I don’t see how we have everyone out by Aug. 31 and honor those commitments we’ve made to our own citizens and our Afghan partners.”
Ernst served in the military for more than 23 years. In 2003, she was a company commander in Kuwait and Iraq, and led 150 Iowa Army National Guardsmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ernst was the first female combat veteran to be elected to the Senate.
The current situation in Afghanistan is an “international embarrassment” that puts both “Americans and our allies in harm’s way,” the Iowa senator says.
Ernst joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain what the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan could mean for America, and what the Biden administration needs to do to prevent further disaster.
We also cover these stories:
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calls on the Biden administration to rethink its original Aug. 31 deadline for U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- Vice President Kamala Harris rebukes China for its “coercion” and “intimidation” in the South China Sea.
- The University of Notre Dame leprechaun mascot comes under fire for supposedly being “offensive.”
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