(USA Features) Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden not to pull all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan because doing so would cancel “an insurance policy against another 9/11.”
The South Carolina Republican and Air Force vet issued a statement after officials confirmed a Washington Post report that Biden will announce a complete troop withdrawal on the 20th anniversary of the Afghanistan invasion in October instead of a previous May 1 deadline.
“A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous,” Graham said. “President Biden will have, in essence, canceled an insurance policy against another 9/11,” adding that “wars end when the threat is eliminated.”
He went on to say that “a residual counterterrorism force would be an insurance policy against the rise of radical Islam in Afghanistan that could pave the way for another attack against our homeland or our allies.”
The Taliban has agreed to adhere to U.S. peace demands before a withdrawal of American forces, but the military says the group has consistently failed to do so.
Graham noted in his statement that he found “it ironic that, given the sacrifices we’ve made to move Afghanistan forward, prevent another 9/11, and ensure the enduring defeat of Al Qaeda and ISIS, that on the 20th anniversary of the attack we’re paving the way for another attack.”
There are currently about 2,500 U.S. troops in the southwest Asian country, down from a peak of about 100,000 during the Obama years.
Former President Donald Trump also attempted to withdraw all American forces from Iraq and Afghanistan to fulfill a campaign pledge, but he was repeatedly advised against doing so by national security experts and military leaders.