The reports of terror outside the Kabul airport led to quick reactions from Republicans, concluding President Biden’s “incompetence has now cost American lives.”
On Thursday morning, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed an explosion that resulted “in several US & civilian casualties.”
“We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update,” he added:
The Wall Street Journal has reported that four U.S. Marines are dead following the explosion outside Kabul, Afghanistan airport on Thursday.
Republican lawmakers took to social media to offer prayers while blaming Biden for the chaos leading up to the Thursday morning display of violence that took American lives.
“As a veteran who served in Afghanistan, my heart breaks for the families of the American servicemembers and the Afghan people who are learning this morning that their loved ones have been harmed or killed in a terrorist attack. My wife Amanda and I are praying and grieving with them,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said in a statement.
“The responsibility for this tragedy rests squarely on the shoulders of Joe Biden. His incompetence means American blood has been shed. This was avoidable and is unforgivable!” he continued, tweeting out a similar line:
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said, “The images out of Kabul today are horrifying. Pray for our troops. Pray for the innocent Americans and Afghans targeted by this attack.” Demanding Biden to “ immediately and forcefully respond to protect Americans and safely complete the evacuation”:
Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) said, “We have American citizens trapped behind enemy lines with suicide bombers and terrorists, but this Administration is still refusing to send in our service members.”
“This American blood is on Joe Biden’s hands,” he added:
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said, “Pray for all of our troops and citizens in Afghanistan right now.”
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) called for the U.S. to reestablish a presence at Bagram to “continue to evacuate American citizens and our Afghan allies” in a lengthy Twitter thread.
“I urge the Biden Administration to reestablish our presence in Bagram as an alternative to the Kabul airport so that we do not leave our fellow citizens and thousands of Afghan allies behind,” Graham said, describing it not as a “capability problem” but a “problem of will.”
“The retaking of Bagram would put our military at risk, but I think those involved in the operation would gladly accept that risk because it would restore our honor as a nation and save lives,” the senator added:
“The news we feared,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) said. “Please pray for our troops, American citizens, and our allies.”
“When you allow terrorists and terror organizations to dictate your arbitrary deadline, the result is dangerous and disastrous for our brave military members and allies,” he added. “The United States is better than this”:
After the deadly explosion, a total of 12 Republican lawmakers are demanding President Biden resign.