Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo roasted RINO Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for trying to blame the Trump administration for the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
A year after the disastrous withdrawal — which led to sharp criticism of President Joe Biden and his administration for their lack of preparedness, decision to leave equipment where it would inevitably fall into the hands of terrorists, and failure to protect allies within the country from the Taliban in the aftermath of the withdrawal — Kinzinger decided to send out a tweet attempting to lay the blame on former President Donald Trump and his secretary of state.
“Do not let my colleagues pretend today that Trump and Pompeo didn’t set in motion the Afghanistan withdrawal. They did. I knew Pompeo in the house. He was a hawk on Afghanistan until Trump. He knew better, he owns this as well. Trump Pompeo and Biden all to blame,” the Illinois congressman tweeted on Tuesday.
Do not let my colleagues pretend today that Trump and Pompeo didn’t set in motion the Afghanistan withdrawal. They did.
I knew Pompeo in the house. He was a hawk on Afghanistan until trump. He knew better, he owns this as well.
Trump Pompeo and Biden all to blame.
— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) August 16, 2022
Pompeo fired back at the RINO congressman, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his term, which many believe is a concession to the fact that he would not win his primary
“Adam Kinzinger repeatedly asked me for a job in Trump Admin (Air Force Sec, Amb), and for wife. Now attacks our Afghan plan that saw no US fatalities/no Taliban takeover/no Americans left behind. Adam, I enjoyed our work in Congress. What’s happened to you? YOU should know better,” Pompeo tweeted.
.@adamkinzinger repeatedly asked me for job in Trump Admin (Air Force Sec, Amb), and for wife. Now attacks our Afghan plan that saw no US fatalities/no Taliban takeover/no Americans left behind. Adam, I enjoyed our work in Congress. What’s happened to you? YOU should know better.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) August 18, 2022
In August of 2021, Kinzinger sent out a press release attacking both the Trump administration and the Biden administration for the Afghanistan withdrawal, attempting to compare Biden’s actual withdrawal from the country with Trump’s planned withdrawal — despite the fact that the former president had an actual plan, and never had the chance to see it through, therefore it is not known whether the same disaster would have occurred.
“The Taliban has always said that America has the watches, but they have the time,” Kinzinger wrote. “Under both President Trump and President Biden, the U.S. announced that our time in Afghanistan is over, effectively letting the Taliban know they were right, they could simply outwait us. And today, we watched as the Afghan government collapsed and the Taliban regained full control.”
“This is the result of a shortsighted, weak, and utter failure of both the previous White House and the current Administration,” he added. “The naïve Trump Administration legitimized the Taliban by having ‘talks’ with them about peace and openly negotiating with terrorists, while the Biden Administration tried to fulfill a campaign promise without any semblance of a plan or forethought into how this would play out.”
In mid-August of 2021, while Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, Pompeo was interviewed by Chris Wallace, who was still employed by Fox News at the time.
During the interview, the former secretary of state called out Biden for blaming the Trump administration for his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“President Biden released a statement yesterday in which, in effect, he blamed President Trump and your administration for the deal that you made with the Taliban back in 2020, which resulted in a promise at that time — that President Trump had stayed in office — to pull all troops out by this past May,” Wallace said.
The then-Fox News host then went on to quote Biden as saying, “When I became president, I faced a choice: follow through on the deal or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict.”
“If the risks weren’t so serious, Chris, it would be pathetic,” Pompeo responded. “I wouldn’t have let my 10-year-old son get away from this kind of pathetic blame-shifting… it’s worth noting, this did not happen on our watch. We reduced our forces significantly and the Taliban didn’t advance on capitals all across Afghanistan.”
“Critics say that for the U.S. to cut a deal with the Taliban without the Afghan government even in the room was hugely demoralizing and led inevitably to where we are today,” Wallace asserted.
“That’s just simply not true,” Pompeo replied. “Go read the deal. Go read the conditions that were built into the deal. I was in the room. I was at the center of working to deliver that. The Afghans were in the room. We had the Afghans all in the room for the same time in 20 years; we had Afghan leaders… We were working diligently to deliver on the president’s two missions: to get our young people home, to reduce the risk of the United States from having our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines there in Afghanistan, and second, to create the conditions where we could make sure that a terror attack on the United States did not happen from there. We did it in the Philippines. We did it in Syria. We reduced terrorism risk all around the world. We would have done it in Afghanistan as well.”