(USA Features) Rep. Dan Crenshaw said that he is certain that top U.S. military commanders gave President Joe Biden sound advice on how to best withdraw from Afghanistan but he ignored it and chose a less-safe, far more unstable path instead.
In addition, the Texas Republican suggested that at some point during those discussions, military commanders who were certain Biden’s decisions were going to put American forces and citizens in harm’s way and could not convince the president to change his mind should have resigned rather than carry out his orders.
“I think if there’s blame to go around, it’s that, maybe the generals didn’t stand up enough to Joe Biden,” Crenshaw told Fox News Radio host Brian Kilmeade on Monday in discussing the hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I know for a fact they gave him the right advice and he decided not to take it,” Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL officer with several combat tours who was wounded in Afghanistan and nearly lost all of his vision.
“It’s a reasonable criticism: ‘Well, why didn’t you resign in protest?’ That’s a reasonable criticism, and I’d like to hear an explanation to that, perhaps,” Crenshaw went on.
He also ripped the State Department as well, which is run by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, for repeating questionable claims and talking points from the White House, adding that the agency “has a lot to answer for.”
“You know, when I hear from Antony Blinken and [National Security Adviser] Jake Sullivan, they tend to repeat the lies of the administration more than most. And I think the State Department has a lot to answer for on this,” said Crenshaw.
The Texas lawmaker said that “neo-evacuations,” or those that are done outside a combat operation, are very often well-planned.
But he said the Biden administration “failed to adhere to procedures” of such an operation, which is why it went south, the former special operator explained.
“There are certain tripwires also that would initiate such procedures,” said Crenshaw.
“As we understand it, the embassy under this ambassador’s leadership just failed to notice and failed to adhere to those procedures,” he further explained, according to Fox News.
He added: “So they were behind the eight ball the entire time.”
“I think the current ambassador to Afghanistan, again, under both administrations is a complete disaster. The State Department has been a complete disaster in all of this,” Crenshaw said.
Crenshaw, who served in five deployments overseas, argued earlier this month in The Wall Street Journal that the president withdrawal plan turned out to be a disastrous and dangerous move that will have short-term and long-term effects.
He also went on to criticize the “no more endless wars” advocates.
“They prefer to live in a dream world rather than face the reality that our enemies are ideologically opposed to Western civilization and will gladly stage another 9/11 if they have the opportunity and means,” he said.
“There are many options between nation building and giving up, and we had found a good one in Afghanistan before President Biden abandoned it,” he went on to argue.
Crenshaw said that there is gulf’s worth of difference “between wasteful nation building and a small residual force that conducts occasional counterterror operations.”
When the country doesn’t understand that, “many Americans hear that there is a single soldier on the ground in Afghanistan, they interpret it to mean ‘nation building’ and ‘world police.’”
“That’s wrong,” the Republican claimed.
“There are a lot of foreign policy options between nation building and giving up. We found the proper balance in recent years—maintaining a small force that propped up the Afghan government while also giving us the capability to strike at Taliban and other terrorist networks as needed,” he added.