Trump tells US to invade Afghanistan again and bomb ‘hell’ if Taliban doesn’t return billions in US weapons and equipment
- Trump said all American weapons must be returned, and if not, we must go in with unequivocal force to get our hands on it.
- “No one ever thought such stupidity as this feeble-minded withdrawal was possible!” Trump said on Biden’s handling of the withdrawal
- Last week, Rep. Jim Banks That The Taliban Now Had Access To $85 Billion In US Weapons
- NSA Jake Sullivan said US ‘doesn’t have a full picture’ of where its weapons have gone in Afghanistan
Former President Trump said on Monday that the US should demand that all equipment be transferred from the Taliban, or else “make a damn bomb out of it.”
“Never in history has a withdrawal from war been treated so poorly or incompetently as the withdrawal of the Biden administration from Afghanistan,” Trump said in a statement.
“Besides the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT must be required to be returned to the United States immediately, and that includes every cent of the $85 billion dollars in cost. If it’s not returned, we’ll either have to go in with unequivocal military force and grab it, or at the very least turn it into a bomb. No one ever thought that such stupidity as this feeble-minded withdrawal was possible!’
When the Taliban took over Afghanistan and evacuated the US, they reportedly looted billions in US military equipment, showing off not only US rifles but armored vehicles, helicopters, airplanes and other heavy weapons.
A lack of training and spare parts could stop the Taliban from lifting ever more complicated American planes off the ground, but videos circulating on social media of Taliban fighters posing proudly next to UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters show that these loot serve as important propaganda tools.
“We don’t have a full picture of where every piece of defense equipment has gone, of course, but certainly a fair amount has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan admitted earlier this month.
The Hundreds of Thousands of Weapons, Vehicles, Aircraft and Uniforms Left Behind for the Taliban
Taliban fighters, eerily dressed like US troops, patrol the street in Kabul
The United States has spent an estimated $83 billion on training and equipment for Afghan security forces over the past two decades
The United States has spent an estimated $83 billion on training and equipment for Afghan security forces over the past two decades.
The US sent nearly 76,000 vehicles, 600,000 weapon systems and 208 aircraft to Afghan security forces between 2013 and 2016, according to a 2017 report from the Government Accountability Office.
According to a recent analysis by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the Defense Ministry has sent the Afghan armed forces more than 7,000 machine guns, more than 4,700 Humvees and more than 20,000 grenades in recent years.
Last week, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., a former Navy SEAL, that the Taliban now has access to $85 billion worth of US military equipment.
“The Taliban now has more Blackhawk helicopters than 85% of the world’s countries,” he said at a news conference. He said the Taliban also had access to biometric devices containing data to track down Afghan interpreters who assisted the US in the war.
“This government still has no plans to recover this military equipment or supplies,” Banks said.
There has also been fresh criticism of Trump’s February 2020 peace deal with the Taliban, in which he promised to withdraw US troops and release 5,000 Taliban prisoners if they did not attack the US or harbor terrorists.
But Trump said he would never have allowed the Taliban to invade Kabul.
Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt last week that he would have “bombed the Taliban like a bomb” if they had violated the peace agreement and “they would never have entered Kabul.”
“They just wouldn’t.”