Waltz: Afghanistan hostage situation could make Iran 1979 ‘look like a sleepover’

Waltz: Afghanistan hostage situation could make Iran 1979 ‘look like a sleepover’

AMERICANS MAKING THEIR WAY HOME WE PRAY ON “THE FAULKNER FOCUS”. LET’S BRING IN FOCUS NOW MICHAEL WALTZ, REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN FROM FLORIDA WHO SITS ON HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND IS AN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD COLONEL TODAY. MIKE MCCAUL, REPUBLICAN FROM TEXAS AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. YOU JUST GOT OUT OF A BRIEFING ON THE CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN AND ALSO NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS FROM NEW YORK. CONGRESSMAN MCCAUL YOU HAVE THE UNIQUE POSITION TO TRY TO TAKE EFFORTS ON THE HILL BIPARTISAN. I WILL GET TO THAT IN A MOMENT. I WANT TO COME TO YOU FIRST. YOU WILL HAVE TO EXIT US TO GO THERE. FIRST OF ALL, YOUR TOP LINE THOUGHTS ON WHAT WE JUST LEARNED ON THIS DAY FROM THE PENTAGON. >> THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONFUSION. WE NEED CLARITY, WE NEED THE TRUTH. THERE HAS BEEN A LACK OF PLANNING COORDINATION THAT LED TO THE CULMINATION OF WHAT YOU ARE SEEING ON TELEVISION RIGHT NOW. THE IC WARNED US ALL SUMMER LONG THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. THE WHITE HOUSE, POLITICOS AND PRESIDENT CHOSE TO IGNORE THE DIRE WARNINGS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. NOW IT IS A MAD SCRAMBLE AT THE AIRPORT. WE ARE GETTING REPORTS ON THE GROUND OURSELVES BECAUSE MY COMMITTEE, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR THOUSANDS OF REQUESTS FOR THESE SIV APPLICANTS, FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOW WITH THE PRESIDENT DECIDING AUGUST 31st IS THE DATE WHERE THE MILITARY WILL BE COMPLETELY OUT, I ALWAYS SAY THERE WILL BE — PEOPLE WILL DIE AS A RESULT OF THIS DECISION AND IT IS UP TO CONGRESS NOW TO LEAD TO MAKE SURE WE GET ALL THOSE AMERICANS TRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE INTERPRETERS THAT MICHAEL WALTZ WORKED WITH OUT OF THAT COUNTRY. >> Harris: YOU KNOW, CONGRESSMAN WALTZ, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY OF YOUR SERVICE. THE FIRST GREEN BERET TO BE ELECTED TO CONGRESS. WHY DO I SAY THAT? WE SAW GOP CONGRESSMEN GATHER YESTERDAY AND BROUGHT TO TEARS BY SOME OF WHAT YOU TOLD US. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE WATCHING THE PENTAGON DO RIGHT NOW THAT HAS YOU UP AWAKE AT NIGHT AT ALL HOURS JUST WORRIED THAT THIS IS GOING WHICH WAY? YOUR THOUGHTS. >> THERE IS JUST SUCH AN ONGOING DISCONNECT, HARRIS, BETWEEN THE HAPPY TALK THAT WE’RE SEEING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, FROM POLITICAL APPOINTEES, FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, FROM KIRBY, THAT THINGS ARE FINE AND DANDY. THEY MAY BE A LITTLE BUMPY BUT THEY’RE GOING AS PLANNED AND THEN WHAT OUR OWN STAFFS AND OFFICES ARE SEEING ON THE GROUND. WE HAD TO GO OPERATIONAL OUT OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TALKING TO AIRPORT MANAGERS, GATE GUARDS, HELPING AMERICAN CITIZENS AVOID TALIBAN CHECKPOINTS. JUST BEFORE COMING HERE ONE OF MY TEAM TOLD ME THAT AN SIV APPLICANT WITH VISA IN HAND HAD THEIR PHONE TAKEN FROM THEM AND SMASHED FROM THE TALIBAN AND TOLD TO BE TURNED AROUND. THE REASON RETIRED SPECIAL FORCES OFFICERS AND INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS ARE TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS BECAUSE IT IS NOT GOING WELL BECAUSE OF SUCH A LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND CLARITY FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT WE’RE HAVING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET AMERICANS OUT AND TO SAVE THOSE THAT STOOD WITH US. SO WE’RE ON THE CUSP, HARRIS, OF HAVING THE BIGGEST MASS HOSTAGE SITUATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY. IT WILL MAKE 1979 IN TEHRAN LOOK LIKE A SLEEP OVER. YOU’LL HAVE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LEFT BEHIND THAT THE TALIBAN WILL THEN HAVE FOR LEVERAGE WHEN THEY WANT INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. THEY WANT MONEY, THEY WANT ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE, AND THEY HAVE A GUN TO THE HEAD OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BECAUSE JOE BIDEN LEFT THEM. THE PENTAGON HAS BEEN CLEAR TO US THEY COULD STAY AND THEY COULD GET THEM OUT. YOU HAVE TO WEIGH THAT, THERE IS AN ONGOING TERRORIST RISK TO THE FOLKS THERE BUT AMERICANS DON’T LEAVE AMERICANS BEHIND PERIOD. >> Harris: THERE IS AN ONGOING TERRORIST RISK HERE ON AMERICAN SOIL. CONGRESSMAN MCCAUL IF YOU WANT TO SAY ONE OF YOUR, YOU KNOW, SPECIALTY AREAS IS PROTECTING THE HOMELAND AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE A POROUS BORDER SITUATION GOING ON NOW AND THAT COMPLICATES THING. I WANT TO GET TO CONGRESSWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS ON THIS PART OF IT. SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM TORE INTO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S HANDLING OF THE CRISIS AND DEMANDED HE BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. LET’S WATCH AND CONGRESSWOMAN, I’LL GET YOUR RESPONSE. >> THE MOST DISHONORABLE THING A COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF HAS DONE. HE SHOULD HAVE IMPEACHED. DERELICTION OF DUTY. IT MAKES IT HARDER TO FIGHT FUTURE WARS. WHO WILL HELP US IN THE FUTURE AFTER WE ABANDON OUR FRIENDS IN AFGHANISTAN WHO FOUGHT BRAVELY. THE LIKELIHOOD OF A 9/11 IS THROUGH THE ROOF. AL QAEDA AND ISIS ARE COMING AFTER US. IF YOU BELIEVE WE LEFT AFGHANISTAN AND ENDED THE WAR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND RADICAL ISLAM, YOU ARE A FOOL. >> Harris: THEY’RE TRYING TO SELL IT LIKE EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. YOU HEARD THE TWO CONGRESSMEN SAYING THAT. WHAT’S THE TRUTH, CONGRESSWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS? >> WE WILL ABSOLUTELY BE HAVING HEARINGS AND GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. THERE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY. RIGHT NOW THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE VERY FOCUSED ON HELPING EVERY AMERICAN BE RETURNED SAFELY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STATS, LESS THAN 10%. THE PERCENTAGE KEEPS GETTING LOWER AND LOWER OF AMERICANS BEING EVACUATED. THE NUMBER OF OVERALL FIGURES THAT WERE BEING PROVIDED. LAST I CHECKED THE PENTAGON JUST SAID 4400. THERE HAVE BEEN 58,000 THE UNITED STATES HAS EVACUATED. 6500 AT LEAST AMERICANS STILL REMAINING AND NO WAY YOU WILL GET THEM OUT BY AUGUST 31st. SO LET’S STOP THE STAMPEDES. LET’S STOP PUTTING PEOPLE IN DANGER AND LET’S BE CLEAR WITH THE TALIBAN THAT WE ARE GOING TO NOT LEAVE. WE AREN’T PLAYING MOTHER MAY I WITH THE TALIBAN? WE’LL STAY UNTIL WE GET EVERY AMERICAN AND AFGHAN PARTNERS WHO PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE HELPING AMERICAN TROOPS AND INTERPRETERS AND OTHER CAPACITIES OVER THE YEARS. RIGHT NOW WE’RE ASSISTING PEOPLE THAT WORKED WITH U.S. AID, WORKED AS INTERPRETERS, JUST AS MY COLLEAGUES WALTZ AND MCCAUL HAVE. THAT’S NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE RISK OF ANOTHER ATTACK. AS WAS MENTIONED 5,000 INDIVIDUALS WERE JUST RELEASED FROM A PRISON BY THE TALIBAN INCLUDING ISIS FIGHTERS, AL QAEDA. WE HAVE OPEN BORDERS. JUST PEOPLE STREAMING OVER OUR BORDER AND THERE ALREADY HAVE BEEN PEOPLE IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS ON THE F.B.I. TERRORIST WATCH LIST. THERE IS A GRAVE CONCERN HERE COUPLED WITH DEFUNDING THE POLICE AND REDUCING TOOLS FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA. THIS IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. >> Harris: SO CONGRESSMAN MCCAUL TWO THINGS FOR YOU. YOU JUST CAME OUT OF A BRIEFING. WE’RE HEARING THEY ARE TAKING AND REPORTING BECAUSE WE CAN CONFIRM IT, THEY’RE TAKING AMERICAN TROOPS OUT OF THERE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO START TO MOVE PEOPLE IF YOUR DEADLINE IS THE 31st, LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY NOW. WE RESCUED OUT BUT SENT HOME 400 OR SO TROOPS. WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT HOW MANY ARE GOING TO BE LEFT BEHIND TO FIGHT THEIR WAY OUT? IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO HAVE TO PROTECT US WITH THE LAST FEW PEOPLE OFF THE GROUND. >> THAT’S RIGHT. AND AS MICHAEL NOTES IT TAKES TIME TO RETROGRADE.nWE HAVE SIX DAYS LEFT. WE HAVE SIX DAYS LEFT. MOST OF THAT WILL BE DEVOTED TO RETROE GRAINGD AND VERY LITTLE TIME TO GET THE AMERICANS LEFT THERE OUT. INTERPRETERS PROCESSING THEM OUT. WE ARE HEARING HORROR STORIES OF THE TALIBAN. THEY HAVE A PERIMETER AROUND THE AIRPORT CONTROLLING THE CHECKPOINTS AND WHEN THEY SEE AMERICAN CITIZENS THEY GET THROUGH. IT’S THE AFGHAN INTERPRETERS. WHEN THEY SEE AFGHANS THEY VIEW THEM WITH HIGH SUSPICION. WE HEAR HORROR STORIES OF AFGHAN INTERPRETER AND THEIR FAMILIES SENT BACK HOME AND BEING DECAPITATED IN FRONT OF THE INTERPRETER AND THE INTERPRETER HIMSELF IS DECAPITATED. THIS IS NOT — THIS IS REAL STUFF ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW. IT IS HORRIFIC. I BLAME THE PRESIDENT FOR THIS HAPPENING AND LASTLY, I CHAIRED HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THREE TERMS. I’VE SEEN THE THREAT COMING OUT OF THE REGION. EXTERNAL OPERATIONS. WE’RE GOING BACK TO PRE-9/11 NOW AND WE’LL SEE IT HAPPEN AGAIN. WITH A WIDE OPEN BORDER AND WE HAD TERRORIST WATCH LIST CAUGHT
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Waltz: Afghanistan hostage situation could make Iran 1979 ‘look like a sleepover’

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