Commenting on the terrible attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed at least 12 U.S. soldiers, House Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said that President Joe Biden does not understand Islamist terrorism, that he chose the "stupidest possible option" for exiting Afghansitan, and now we are paying the price in blood.
"I encourage the American people to accept the reality of the situation," Crenshaw said on FNC's The Faulkner Focus. "We've been wishing for a different situation, wishing for a different reality for a very long time, and that got us into this mess."
"We have to acknowledge that there are people out there that want to kill us, that wake up every single day, and if they have any space whatsoever, any room, any time whatsoever, they're planning an attack on the homeland," said Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL.
"That's the way it is," he added. "I wish it were different. It's not different. And we have to acknowledge that fact. Biden has refused to acknowledge that fact."
"Every president since Bush has had to deal with this really difficult decision – Obama, Trump," said Crenshaw. "But Biden is the only one who really followed through with the stupidest possible option. And now we're paying in blood for it."
"There's still ways to reverse course on this," said the congressman. "There's still ways to uphold our dignity, to save our people on the ground. These people deserve to be saved, whether they're citizens or whether they're interpreters that I knew, that I worked with who have done more for this country than most citizens of this country."
"We need to help them," he added. "And we're not going to leave until the job is done. That has to be the first task order to the military. We're telling the Taliban we won't leave until the job is done."
Crenshaw served in the Navy from 2006 to 2016, assigned to SEAL Team 3. He served five tours of duty, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. He was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.