Ryan Zinke, Republican candidate for U.S. House in the second congressional district in Montana, is well positioned to speak out on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and he has issued a statement condemning Joe Biden for his incompetent disastrous retreat from Afghanistan.
As a Navy SEAL, Zinke saw active duty in Iraq and elsewhere before retiring to continue his public service elsewhere. He also served in Congress from 2014 to 2017, when he became President Trump’s first secretary of the interior.
Here is Zinke’s statement, as issued on Twitter:
Our mission in Afghanistan was to make America safe and eliminate the terrorist threat that harbored there. To be clear, I agreed with ending America’s longest war but retreating in the middle of the night and abandoning those who gallantly fought alongside us for years is unbecoming of a great nation.
What we accomplished during decades of sacrifice crumbled in a matter of days as President Biden ordered America to run away in the face of the same terrorists who aided in the attacks of September 11.
Today I watched President Biden speak to America at the podium. What I wanted to hear to from the Commander in Chief was an explanation of his actions taken, the current situation and options going forward. What I heard was failure from a finger pointing politician desperate to save his skin and find a scapegoat.
I have served my country in war and have fought against radical Islamic terrorists. I have also trained a generation of warfighters who sacrificed in Afghanistan and have fought for freedom alongside foreign forces. ‘Winning the hearts and minds’ as Special Forces would say.
The footage of our allies literally running for their lives is hard to watch, but it is every American’s duty to speak out. We lost the war against terrorists in Afghanistan, and now we have lost our credibility in every theater across the globe. It is a stain on America’s honor and against all we as combat veterans stand for. The world is watching.
May God bless America and all those who defend her.
In an earlier statement, Zinke condemned Biden’s team as “cowards” for abandoning their Afghani allies.
Zinke was endorsed by President Trump for his primary race against other good Republicans such as Dr. Al Olszewski of Kalispell.
“Under Ryan Zinke’s leadership at the Department of the Interior, the U.S. achieved Energy Dominance, increased federal energy revenues, and responsibly opened federal acreage for energy production,” Trump said last month.
“He was instrumental in expanding public access to public lands for recreation and rebuilding our National Parks and Forests infrastructure,” Trump added. “As Montana’s Congressman for the new 2nd District, Ryan will fight against the Radical Left Democrats who continually block the America First policies we put in place.”
Zinke was second only to President Trump for being a target of the Fake News Media and the socialist Democrats during Trump’s first term. You can read about his fight here.
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