(USA Features) Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that President Joe Biden should not be taking credit for a successful pullout of Afghanistan, explaining that “scares the hell out of” him because the terrorist threat from the country has now gotten worse.
“I think President Biden really believes this was successful. Joe Biden is a dangerous man when it comes to our national security and our economic well-being,” Graham told “Fox & Friends.”
“And you really can’t believe a word he’s telling you,” the South Carolina Republica said. “Let’s just look at what he’s telling us about our own national security. ‘The war is over.’
“Well, if the war is over, why are we still using drones to kill terrorists in Afghanistan? I can assure you the war between radical Islam and the United States in Afghanistan is not over,” Graham went on.
Later in the interview, Graham said that Americans just can’t trust what Biden or his administration is telling them regarding Afghanistan.
“You can’t believe anything he says. But I think in his mind, he believes he’s been successful, and that scares the hell out of me,” Graham said.
He went on to say that the terrorist threat won’t be diminished just because the United States pulled out of its longest-running war.
In fact, Graham said that the chaotic, botched evacuation will only set the country up for more attacks.
“The drone program will not stop ISIS from growing in Afghanistan. It did not work in Iraq and Syria. We’re very much exposed to a 9/11,” he said.
Graham made similar comments during a Sunday interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“President Biden said he wanted to take this, Afghanistan, off the plate for future presidents,” said the senator. “He has done the exact opposite. For the next 20 years, American presidents will be dealing with this catastrophe in Afghanistan.
“The parade of horribles are about to unfold,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says of Afghanistan. “We're leaving thousands of Afghan allies behind us. We're going to leave hundreds of American citizens behind. The chance of another 9/11 just went through the roof.” pic.twitter.com/8pb5Uin9il
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“This war has not ended. We’ve entered into a new deadly chapter. Terrorists are now in charge of Afghanistan,” he added.
In addition to the Taliban, al Qaeda is said to still have a presence there, as well as a splinter group, ISIS-K, which is more radical than the Taliban and which claimed responsibility for the attack on American troops that killed 13 service members on Thursday ahead of the pull-out.
We’re leaving thousands of Afghan allies behind who fault bravely with us. We’re going to leave hundreds of American citizens behind. The chance of another 9/11 just went through the roof,” Graham added.
The Biden administration has also admitted that “hundreds” of Americans were left behind in Afghanistan as well, even though tens of thousands of Afghanis were evacuated.