An Emotional Lindsey Graham Calls for Biden to Be Impeached Over Kabul

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) sat down for an interview with Ed O’Keefe on “Face The Nation” Sunday morning. Graham, a ranking member of both the Senate Budget Committee and the committee in charge of appropriating funds for the State Department and foreign operations, spoke with obvious emotion about the Biden Administration’s ongoing debacle in Afghanistan which has left 13 service members dead — and what it portends for the U.S. homeland in the future.

Graham said:

“Well, number one, I wouldn’t have withdrawn. I would have kept the counterterrorism forces on the ground. Your reporter indicated that when we have people on the ground working with indigenous forces, that’s the best insurance policy against another 9/11. I would have held the Taliban to the conditions set out in the agreement with Trump.

But let me tell you where I think we’re at. This is a catalyst-, catastra-, just a fair beyond my ability to describe it. It’s been a very emotional couple of days for all of us. The parade of horribles are about to unfold.

We’re leaving thousands of Afghan allies behind who fought bravely with us. We’re going to leave hundreds of American citizens behind. The chance of another 9/11 just went through the roof. These drone attacks will not degrade ISIS. The number of ISIS fighters have doubled. We’ve turned our back on our allies who’s going to help us in our- in the future.” […]

He continued:

“President Biden said that he wanted to take this- Afghanistan off the plate for future presidents. He’s done the exact opposite. For the next 20 years, American presidents will be dealing with this catastrophe in Afghanistan.

This war has not ended. We’ve entered into a new deadly chapter. Terrorists are now in charge of Afghanistan.”

And later in the interview, the senator at first hedged on what “consequences” Biden should face.

He answered, in part:

“I think he should be- be facing a lot of consequences here, because the one thing he wanted to do, and he’s a decent man, it’s not about him being a decent man, is he wanted to end the war in Afghanistan and make sure we didn’t have to deal with it in the future.”

But when pressed directly by O’Keefe, he finally added his voice to those of other Republican lawmakers, in recent days, calling for Biden to face impeachment proceedings.

“Yeah, I think–

Yeah. Yeah, I think it’s dereliction of duty to leave hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines, turn them into hostages, to abandon thousands of Afghans who fought honorably along our side, to create conditions for another 9/11 that are now through the roof.

Yeah, I think he’s been derelict in his duties as commander-in-chief. I don’t think he got bad advice and took it. I think he ignored sound advice.

And this is Joe Biden being Joe Biden. He’s been this way for 40 years, but now he’s the Commander-in-Chief. He’s not a senator. He’s not the vice president. These are Commander-in-Chief decisions. I think the best you could describe him as dereliction of duty at the highest level says.”

As RedState did previously, he also ridiculed the White House’s (and the Pentagon’s) use of the tired-out phrase “over the horizon,” saying that “….you cannot break ISIS’s will through drone attacks. You’ve got to have people on the ground hitting these people day in and day out. You can’t do it over the horizon.”

Finally, the senator threw the hammer down, confirming that he believes Biden “deserves a lot of accountability” for willfully disregarding the advice from our top military leaders on the Afghanistan drawdown, adding that the former vice president will pay for his actions here.

“I’m sure it will be coming,” Graham said.