There has been ample criticism and calls for resignation against President Joe Biden over his horribly botched mishandling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has left thousands of American citizens and Afghan allies trapped amid a Taliban takeover of the country.
Now a rather prominent Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), has called for Biden to be impeached if any of those abandoned U.S. citizens and Afghan allies are left behind and harmed by the radical Islamist group now in control, Breitbart reported.
The senator argued that President Biden was bound by both “duty” and “honor” to help evacuate Americans and allies and that a failure to do so would be a “dereliction of duty” worthy of impeachment and removal from office.
“Dereliction of duty”
The prospect of impeachment was raised by Sen. Graham during an appearance Friday morning on Fox & Friends, where he said, “We are duty-bound to get every American citizen out. We’re honor-bound to get those Afghans who fought along our side out.”
“And here’s what I would say: If we leave any Americans behind, if we leave thousands of those Afghans who fought along our side behind — bravely — Joe Biden deserves to be impeached for a higher crime and misdemeanor of dereliction of duty,” the senator continued.
“If we leave one American behind, if we don’t get all those Afghans who stepped up to the plate and helped us out, then Joe Biden, in my view, has committed a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and should be impeached,” Graham added, according to Fox News.
Biden a “wrecking ball”
The South Carolina senator went on to assert that President Biden “has been a wrecking ball regarding foreign policy, national security for 40 years,” and lambasted the decision to completely withdraw all U.S. troops and assets from Afghanistan, arguing that a small residual force was necessary to prevent terrorist organizations like al Qaeda from enjoying a safe haven where they can plot and carry out attacks against American interests.
It was the fact that American citizens and Afghan allies had been so abruptly abandoned that Graham kept circling back to, though, and the Air Force reservist and former military attorney said, “Any military commander would be court-martialed for leaving our people behind.”
“And I think the Commander-in-Chief owes it to every American citizen and owes it to the Afghans who fought along our side to get them out because if we leave them behind, they are going to get slaughtered,” Graham warned.
Duty and honor bound
Sen. Graham issued a similar message later Friday morning on social media, and tweeted, “We are DUTY bound to get every American citizen out of Afghanistan. We are HONOR bound to get those Afghans who bravely fought by our side out.”
If we leave any Americans behind, or if we leave thousands of Afghans who fought bravely alongside us behind, President Joe Biden deserves to be impeached for a High Crime and Misdemeanor of Dereliction of Duty.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 20, 2021
He added, “If we leave any Americans behind, or if we leave thousands of Afghans who fought bravely alongside us behind, President Joe Biden deserves to be impeached for a High Crime and Misdemeanor of Dereliction of Duty.”