A growing number of GOP lawmakers are speaking out against President Joe Biden’s U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, including several prominent Republicans who are calling for him to be removed from office.
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), for example, accused Biden of “treason” and “reckless endangerment” in recent remarks advocating for impeachment.
“In the midst of the war on terror”
Mast, a combat veteran of the Afghanistan war offered his scathing assessment during a Fox News Channel appearance on Sunday. He spoke to Sunday Morning Futures guest host Jason Chaffetz, a former GOP congressman from Utah.
“Impeachment is absolutely something that should be considered,” Mast said. “I would say no less than 10,000 counts of reckless endangerment, all of the Americans lives over there. That’s the minimum, which is actually a real crime.”
He went on to reference a recent report about a leaked phone call between Biden and then-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani prior to the fall of the war-torn country to the Taliban last month.
“We know for a fact that the Taliban is the sworn enemy of the United States of America,” Mast said. “We are still in the midst of the war on terror, and as I said, I would absolutely consider the manipulation of intelligence giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”
Demanding the “truth” about what was said in the call between Biden and Ghani, Mast added: “All three of those things are part of what meets the constitutional definition of treason.”
“There’s definitely got to be schizophrenia there”
Of course, the Florida Republican acknowledged that the Democratic-controlled Congress means any effort to impeach or otherwise remove Biden has no chance of serious consideration. Nevertheless, he expressed the perceived importance of publicly making his case against the president.
“You look at President Biden, and I would say these two things about him,” Mast added. “He is hollow. His decisions are empty. They are void of wisdom in their entirety. Across the board, we see a naivete to the aggressors he’s dealing with.”
Suggesting there could be “an element of dementia there that we might hear about in years to come,” Mast provided a harsh assessment of the president’s behavior.
“But I would say at a minimum, this man appears to be schizophrenic with the statements that he’s making in front of one camera and the way that they are changing in front of a camera on a different day or a day after that and with what members of his cabinet are saying,” the congressman concluded. “There’s definitely got to be schizophrenia there.”
In blog posts and through other channels, Mast has also demanded accountability for the abandonment of Americans and allies in Afghanistan as well as the billions of dollars in U.S. military weapons and equipment left behind and now in the possession of Taliban fighters.