• Rep. Matt Gaetz on Afghanistan

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    August 16, 2021
      Representative Matt Gaetz
    U.S. Representative for the First District of Florida
    1721 Longworth House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-4136


    My Fellow Americans —

    Just as President Biden has failed our country on COVID, at the border and economically – he has failed in Afghanistan. Since he was on vacation, I don’t know if he even noticed.  We did.

    The decision to withdraw was correct. I made the full case
    here. The strategy and tactics, horrific and incompetent.

    The fundamental error was ever believing that the Afghan “government” and “military” would ever fight for or win anything. They fled the country with whatever they could steal at the first whiff of the Taliban. It wasn’t exactly Valley Forge, Concord or Lexington. They were thugs and thieves, not patriots.

    Because the Biden Administration believed in the legitimacy of an illegitimate Afghan Government, the right precautions were not taken to ensure that military equipment, paid for by the US Taxpayer, did not fall into the hands of the Taliban or Iran. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened. In this interview a Taliban spokesperson boasts that the Afghan forces that we paid for and died for were, in many cases, join the Taliban and handing over US equipment.


    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and occasional Critical Race Theorist Gen. Mark Milley was made a fool. Days ago he was crowing about the additional work the US would be doing in Afghanistan to protect the airport and embassy. More funding and support for the Afghan Security Forces was his recommendation. What a joke? He should be fired by President Biden today.

    Twenty years toiling in Afghanistan has been a mistaken exercise in American nation building.  We should learn this lesson. We should cherish and love our country enough to appreciate that the Cheneyistas cannot replicate it in Central Asian caves with any amount of American treasure or blood.

    I will be leading the fight in Congress to put America First in all we do. We must build the strongest military in the world – capable of winning any battle and vanquishing any foe. We must commit to use it sparingly, only when in the direct national interest of our countrymen, not to settle disputes with barbaric tribes oceans away.

    ICYMI – Below I’ve included a link to an in-depth review of how Afghanistan policy had developed, the grifters who have benefited by lying about this wasteland, and a vision forward. I hope you’ll watch and share your feedback.

    It is the honor of my life to serve as your Congressman. Thank you for your trust, confidence, advice and even your criticisms. They all make me a better representative for you.


    Matt Gaetz
    Dawn McArdle, District Director
    dawn.mcardle@mail.house.gov, 850-479-1183