AOC Calls Biden’s Disastrous Afghanistan Withdrawal a ‘Courageous Decision’
Socialist rep jumps to defence of Biden
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that Joe Biden's decision to abruptly withdraw troops from Afghanistan, leaving a vacuum for the Taliban and stranding thousands of American and Afghan allies, was "courageous."
Ocasio-Cortez suggested Biden's critics were just repeating the talking points of defense contractors who look to profit off the war in Afghanistan.
AOC's defense of Biden comes as both Democrats and Republicans blasted Biden for the withdrawal, which has caused chaos in the country.
She said critics of the botched withdrawal were prompted by Department of Defense contracts.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a video of her grilling a defense contractor during a congressional hearing:
“In case you’re wondering why people are going on TV relentlessly attacking Biden for his courageous decision to leave Afghanistan when no other president would, here’s one glimpse as to why."
“War is addictive for the few who reap its profits, while the rest of us foot the bill,” she added.
In case you’re wondering why people are going on TV relentlessly attacking Biden for his courageous decision to leave Afghanistan when no other president would, here’s one glimpse as to why.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 1, 2021
War is addictive for the few who reap its profits, while the rest of us foot the bill. https://t.co/jOtKPtRWGv
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez called on Biden to resettle a minimum of 200,000 Afghan refugees in the United States.
She told The Independent:
"I believe we need to move, and the administration needs to move as quickly as possible and as expansively as possible, ensuring that we are raising the amount of refugee visas to whatever amount is necessary."
"I would say the rock bottom is 200,000, but I think it should be whatever is necessary," she added.
Biden attempted to deflect the blame of his botched pullout on President Trump, which resulted in he deaths of 13 U.S. servicemembers.
My predecessor, the former president, signed an agreement with the Taliban to remove U.S. troops by May 1, just months after I was inaugurated. It included no requirement that the Taliban work out a cooperative government arrangement with the Afghan government [sic]. But it did authorize the release of 5000 prisoners last year, including some of the Taliban’s top war commanders among those who just took control of Afghanistan. And by the time I came to office, the Taliban was in its strongest military position since 2001, controlling or contesting nearly half of the country. The previous administration’s agreement said that if we stuck to the May 1 deadline, the Taliban would not attack any American forces. But if we stayed, all bets were off. So we were left with a simple decision: either follow-through by the commitment made by the last administration and leave Afghanistan, or say we were not leaving and commit another tens of thousands of more troops going back to war.
Ocasio-Cortez also claimed it was Trump's 'racism' which caused the Afghanistan crisis.
“It is no secret that the Trump administration carried out extremely xenophobic and racist immigration policies."