The Bay State’s Seth Moulton and a fellow rep just back from a secret trip to Kabul are demanding President Biden extend the deadline for evacuations in Afghanistan after seeing the panic at the airport.
Both Moulton, a Democrat, and Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Meijer said Tuesday night in a joint statement the Aug. 31 deadline is impossible to hit.
“Washington should be ashamed of the position we put our service members in, but they represent the best in America. These men and women have been run ragged and are still running strong,” Moulton and Meijer said.
Both served in Iraq — Moulton in the U.S. Marines and Meijer in the U.S. Army Reserves — and urged Biden to change his mind.
“We came into this visit wanting, like most veterans, to push the president to extend the August 31st deadline. … It is obvious that because we started the evacuation so late, that no matter what we do, we won’t get everyone out on time, even by September 11,” the reps said in the statement shared with the Herald.
“Sadly and frustratingly,” they add, “getting our people out depends on maintaining the current, bizarre relationship with the Taliban.”
Biden said Tuesday he intends to stick to the Aug. 31 deadline for all evacuations.
Moulton and Meijer said “America has a moral obligation” to get everyone out.
The reps said they will have “more to share with our colleagues and the American people about what we learned” in the coming days.
They added that “after meeting with Marines, soldiers, and dedicated State Department officials on the ground—we want the world to know first and foremost that we have never been prouder to be Americans.”