A former soldier-turned-Conservative MP just lit up the House of Commons in an emotional speech about the failure in Afghanistan and the ‘shameful’ actions of Joe Biden.
As a veteran who served there, Tom Tugendhat said he was feeling a mixture of “anger, grief, and rage” over what has happened, given the sacrifices that people have made, including watching “good men go into the earth, taking with them a part of me and a part of all of us.” He noted how many who had served were “struggling” over the emotional reaction to this.
But then Tugendhat took on Joe Biden. He said it was with “great sadness” that he had to criticize the U.S. actions. “To see their commander in chief (President Joe Biden) call into the question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran is shameful,” Tugendhat emotionally declared. “Those who have not fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.”
In a devastating example of how much Joe Biden’s folly has hurt us, Tugendhat then said that they could no longer rely on the U.S. — their strongest ally — when needed.
“This is a harsh lesson for all of us and if we’re not careful it could be a very, very difficult lesson for our allies. It doesn’t need to be. We can set out a vision, clearly articulate it, for reinvigorating our European NATO partners, to make sure that we are not dependent on a single ally, on the decision of a single leader, that we can work together with Japan and Australia, France and Germany, with partners large and small, and make sure we hold the line together.”
“The Cold War was won with patience. Cypress is at peace with patience. South Korea with almost ten times the number of troops that America had in Afghanistan, is prosperous through patience. So let’s stop talking about forever wars. Let’s recognize that forever peace is bought not cheaply, but hard, through determination and the will to endure. And that the tragedy of Afghanistan is that we’re swapping that patient achievement for a second fire and a second war.”
Unfortunately, Biden has all but guaranteed we will be dealing with a terrorist state, supporting terrorism around the world — the very thing we went there to stop and confront. He’s made it so much worse now with the incompetence of the pullout. That’s a terrible thing to understand after 20 years of war and as we approach the twentieth anniversary of 9/11.
Tugendhat related a story from his fighting days:
“It is the image of a man whose name I never knew, carrying a child who had died hours earlier, carrying this child into our firebase and begging for help. There was nothing we could do. It was over.
Mr. Speaker, this is what defeat looks like — it’s when you no longer have the choice of how to help. This doesn’t need to be defeat. But at the moment, it damn well feels like it.”