Joe Biden’s administration should order the Taliban to immediately return all U.S. military equipment or face military consequences, the previous president said on Aug. 30.
Donald Trump does not want American taxpayers to lose $85 billion in abandoned defense equipment. He believes the current administration should “demand the immediate return of all U.S. military equipment” and full compensation.
“In addition to the obvious, all equipment should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost,” he said on Telegram.
If the Taliban refuses, U.S. forces should at least recover or destroy every plane, tank, helicopter, communications gear, weapon, and ammunition.
“If it is not handed back, we should either go in with unequivocal military force and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it,” Trump said. “Nobody ever thought such stupidity, as this feeble-brained withdrawal, was possible!”
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BL understands U.S. forces left so much military equipment behind the Middle Eastern country is arguably one of the most heavily armed nations in the world.
The previous president, different congressmen and analysts criticized the incumbent for abruptly withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. They complain the Biden administration did not show the same level of strategy and planning as the previous administration.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany expressed deep concern about fallen American heroes in Kabul during the Texas Youth Summit 2021.
Reuters reported both current and former U.S. officials are concerned those weapons could be used to kill civilians, seized by other militant groups like Islamic State to attack U.S.-interests in the region, or even potentially handed over to adversaries like China and Russia.
“We have already seen Taliban fighters armed with U.S.-made weapons they seized from the Afghan forces,” House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said. “This poses a significant threat to the United States and our allies.”
Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, was the last troop to be withdrawn from Afghanistan. However, there are still hundreds, if not thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghans left behind. BL understands they are still at risk of Taliban retribution.
State and Defense Department officials failed to agree or decide on the exact number of citizens left behind for different reasons on Aug. 30.
“Advocacy groups said as many as 60,000 Afghan interpreters, drivers and others who assisted the U.S. military, CIA and U.S. diplomatic personnel over the years–along with their families–remain in the country at risk of retribution from the Taliban,” Wall Street Journal national security correspondent Nancy Youssef and syndicated military writer Gordon Lubold reported.