Earlier this year, President Joe Biden announced plans to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by this fall.
But while some have lauded the goal, one Texas Republican is warning that it could plunge the Central Asian country into a civil war.
According to The Washington Times, Rep. Mike McCaul appeared on Fox News Sunday over the weekend, where he laid out a set of dire predictions regarding Biden’s planned withdrawal.
“When I met with [Afghanistan’s] President [Ashraf] Ghani last week…they talked, his team, about how this is going to be the ‘year of the Jihad,’” McCaul was quoted as saying.
“You’re going to see a major civil war”
The Republican congressman explained: “What do they mean by that? It means all the young males in Pakistan [being trained by the Taliban] are poised with Taliban to pour over into Afghanistan and you’re going to see a major civil war take place.”
Although McCaul said he wasn’t necessarily opposed to an eventual departure of American troops from Afghanistan, he took issue with the Biden administration’s handling of the matter.
“We can debate how long to stay there, but my criticism is a lack of planning and preparation for this,” he said, according to the Times. “We’re [going] dark in Afghanistan, and there can be consequences long term for this.”
McCaul went on: “At the end of the day, when we fully withdraw, the devastation and the killings…[the] humanitarian crisis, [individuals] fleeing across the border to Pakistan, President Biden’s going own these ugly images.”
“Attacks against the U.S.”
McCaul isn’t alone in warning that Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan may cause blowback. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R) also blasted the move in a recent op-ed for Fox News.
“Once the United States military is gone, I’m concerned the Afghan government will struggle to hold on, giving space for extremist groups like al-Qaida and rogue terrorist states like Iran to regroup for continued attacks against the U.S,” she wrote last week.
In response, Ernst explained that she has introduced a bill that “will require our military, Intel, and homeland security officials to analyze and explain to Congress what kind of illicit activities are being carried out at our southern border by terrorist groups and our adversaries around the globe.”
The legislation will also “will also require an assessment of the potential for Afghanistan to be used as a base of operation for international terrorism after the withdrawal of our military,” the senator said.