Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hybrid hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on May 19, 2021. – The hearing will examine the actions that Emergent took that led to the destruction of millions of doses of Coronavirus vaccines. (Photo by Susan Walsh / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 9:11 AM PT – Thursday, September 9, 2021
Ohio lawmaker Jim Jordan (R) said he’s not surprised four Guantanamo Bay prisoners that former President Barack Obama released are now leading the Taliban’s interim government. Back in 2014, the four inmates were swapped for former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after he deserted his post and was captured by the Taliban.
In an interview Wednesday, the Republican congressman said this most recent failure only adds to Joe Biden’s blunders in handling the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Earlier this month, Jordan called for Biden’s resignation over the U.S. troop withdrawal while suggesting everything Biden touches eventually goes bad.
Meanwhile, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) issued a dire warning about the situation in Afghanistan. In an interview Wednesday, the Florida lawmaker said the Taliban is quickly becoming a terrorist super-state. He said every time he thinks it can’t get any worse, it does.
Waltz said it’s a slap in the face to America that the Taliban announced a new government led by wanted terrorists and former Guantanamo Bay detainees on the same week as 9/11. The Republican congressman, a veteran himself, also had a message for gold star families, veterans and 9/11 victims. He wanted to reassure them their sacrifices were not in vain.