President Joe Biden and his senior policy advisers have asked the Taliban not to destroy America’s embassy in Kabul, have asked the Taliban to allow Americans stranded in the country to get to the airport, and have asked the Taliban for an extension to get U.S. citizens out.
On that last point, the Taliban declined, saying the Aug. 31 deadline is a “red line,” and consequences await if the U.S. crosses it.
To which U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw answered for Americans not named Biden and who don’t work for him.
“The only proper response from America to these dirty savage terrorists should be,” the Texas Republican and former Navy SEAL tweeted on Monday, “Go f*** yourself.”
Crenshaw lost his right eye to an improvised explosive device in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, Crenshaw doubled down.
“We need to send a very clear message to the Taliban: We’re not negotiating about our deadline,” he told Politico in an interview.
“That should be the message. We should laugh at them when they say, ‘Oh well that’s a red line for us [and] you need to be out by August 31.’ No. And if you get in our way when we are extracting Americans, we will kill you. That is the only message that Biden should be delivering to the Taliban.”
Biden’s pusillanimous requests have damaged America’s prestige, especially as stories have emerged that British troops helped U.S. journalists escape Afghanistan, and as French special forces parachuted in to deliver their own people to safety.
But Crenshaw’s original tweet on Monday kicked up dust among some who believe Biden has surrendered too much ground to the Taliban.
“Most definitely,” one Twitter user replied to Crenshaw. “And the president should be clear that any attempt to enact consequences will be met with great ferocity by our troops. They have their country back already, they can wait a little longer.”
“We should be the one giving the Taliban consequences for interfering with our evacuation of US citizens and our Afghan allies!!,” said another.
“Send us combat veterans back over there. We will deal with them,” tweeted a third.
“Amen Dan! Soldier on! And a strong military is only as good as the political leadership in office! I feel for our armed forces right now!” replied another.
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