Washington (CNN) Member of the Republican Congress and veteran of the U.S. military Adam Kinzinger Reflected Monday America’s longest war closedHe said that when he was released, he was released with mixed feelings as Afghanistan was now under Taliban control.
“On the one hand, it’s a great relief to have those thousands of military members evacuated without further incident, you know, a tragic bombing, because it’s really hard to do,” Kinzinger told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “Lead.” “On the other hand, it’s like a mixture of grief, because I know, you know, a lot of Americans, a lot of friends that we’ve left behind.”
“I know that the Taliban’s good front is going to disappear soon. And so it’s a kind of mixed feeling.” “I hope I’m wrong, and I hope, you know, maybe we have this magical relationship, and the Taliban decided they wanted to liberalize and empower women and not take revenge on those who fought against them. I really hope so.” Yes, but unfortunately I have no idea. ”
Kinzinger, a veteran of the Air Force who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was quick to comment U.S. officials made the announcement The last U.S. military aircraft flew out of Afghanistan, ending a 20-year costly conflict in which nearly 2,000 U.S. soldiers were killed in action.
Members of both parties gave mixed reactions to the exit on Monday, including the eviction of more than 122,000 people since July and Last week was deadly When a terrorist attack took place in Kabul 13 US service members killed And at least 170 other people in the U.S. worked to evacuate people from the country.
Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services, expressed little confidence after the withdrawal, and said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront” that “no one should be confident about the situation in Afghanistan and the chaotic situation.”
“The Taliban can’t be trusted. I mean, the Taliban can’t control the Taliban either, and they certainly can’t control ISIS-K, as we learned a few days ago,” Smith said, referring to Democrats in Washington state. Terrorist organization Who claimed responsibility for the attack, targeting American service members outside Kabul airport.
Reporter Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, appeared to be pushing back some more serious reactions in a brief response to the official release on Monday. Twitter, Writing: “It’s actually better to end wars.”
Fellow Democratic Rep. Suzanne Wilde of Pennsylvania said she praised President Joe Biden and our military leadership for “finally taking the tough and courageous step of bringing our troops home and overseeing an unprecedented effort to get more than 116,000 people on board in just two weeks.”
Wilde also insisted on her statement that she wanted answers on “the method of taking time and the manner in which the deportation process was carried out”.
Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s top Republican, Republican Republican, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that he wants American service members to “know what he’s doing is right.” The attack lasted 20 years, and it was worth it. ”
But a Texas congressman argued that “our allies see us as a little weaker” and “our enemies certainly see us as a weak force in the region.”
“I know we’re all saying this is the end of the war and they’re pulling it out. We’re pulling it out. I don’t think it’s the end of the war,” he said, adding that the United States would be threatened again by terrorist groups in the region.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy On Monday, Republicans vowed to use “every legislative possibility to make this case” on Afghanistan, although Democrats control the chamber, but its options are limited until they can get enough democratic support.
Speaking at the GOP Roundtable in Washington, the California Congress announced that his party would seek unanimous consent on the bill from GOP representatives on Tuesday. .
The law would require a report on the number of Americans still in Afghanistan, a report from the inspector general on any agreement with the Taliban, and a status report on any military equipment and classified material left behind, and the Taliban would be barred from any US funding.
A senior State Department official said the department believes there are currently fewer than 250 U.S. citizens in Afghanistan who may wish to leave, as U.S. officials reiterated the Taliban’s commitment to leave Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the U.S. and its allies.
CNN’s Nicole Goethe, Jennifer Hansler, Barbara Starr, Oren Lieberman, Melanie Zanona and Morgan Reimer contributed to the report.