Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01) released the following statement on American lives lost in Afghanistan on Thursday morning.
“The devolving situation in Afghanistan is infuriating. Let’s be clear, President Biden has the blood of Americans on his hands and his Administration is failing the American people and our service members. No more laughing at questions, no more dismissing concerns, and no more dodging the facts. The Administration needs to wake up and step up to keep the American people, our service members, and our Afghan allies safe—now. This is a colossal failure and President Biden and every single person involved with the decisions made in Afghanistan should be brought before Congress to answer to the American people.” –Congresswoman Ashley Hinson
Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) released the following statement after 13 U.S. service members were killed in a heinous terrorist attack in Kabul:
“I am heartbroken by the bloodshed that took place in Kabul earlier today. This was the deadliest attack in Afghanistan in a decade — 12 U.S. service members and 60 Afghans lost their lives. At least 100 more people were wounded. The Taliban now possess powerful U.S. military equipment, and President Biden has caved to the Taliban’s timeline for evacuating Americans. Reports also indicate the Biden administration even gave the Taliban a list of American civilians and Afghan allies, effectively providing a ruthless terrorist organization with a hit list.
“It is with these sobering facts in mind that I believe we must immediately initiate a bipartisan, comprehensive congressional investigation. Those responsible, whether it is administration officials or the president, must be held accountable for their reckless actions and failed leadership.
“I encourage anyone with questions or concerns related to the situation in Afghanistan to contact my office at 202-225-4426. Additionally, if you are a veteran struggling due to these tragic events, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.
“May God bless and protect our troops, allies, and all Americans who are still in Afghanistan.”
Yesterday, Aug. 26th, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) released the following statement after reports of American soldiers being killed outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan:
“My heart is broken at the loss of our service members in Afghanistan. I am praying for the safety of everyone in the immediate area and that we can get them all out of Afghanistan quickly and safely.
This Administration has mishandled the withdrawal since the beginning. For months, I worked with a bipartisan group of members pushing President Biden to begin immediately evacuating American soldiers and citizens, as well as our Afghan partners. We were stonewalled. This withdrawal has been an operational and possible intelligence failure at every step.It is important to separate our need to bring troops home or “end a war” from how this withdrawal was executed. We should not have advertised our withdrawal strategy to the entire world just to fit an arbitrary and symbolic timeline.
I want to tell every single American who served and worked in Afghanistan that their service and sacrifices are acknowledged, appreciated, and we are forever in their debt. Even during this withdrawal, our military has performed in exemplary fashion. They have kept our country safe for the last twenty years through their brave actions. Now we must do right by them and work to get every single American out of Afghanistan before there are more lives lost.”
Democrat Congresswoman Cindy Axne did not put out any sort of statement in terms of a press release, but posted the following to social media: