As the Taliban insurgents are “awaiting a peaceful transfer of Kabul city,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., lamented the failed attempt at withdrawal under President Joe Biden, predicting America will ultimately still have “to fight this war, at much higher cost.”
Cheney tweeted Sunday morning:
“This isn’t ‘ending endless wars.’ This is American surrender, empowering our enemies, and ensuring our children and grandchildren will have to fight this war, at much higher cost.”
Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served under President George W. Bush. They began the war in Afghanistan nearly 20 years ago after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The Cheney family has been rebuked for being “war mongers,” but she is firing back at both Biden administration and the Trump administration for the failed withdrawal that allowed the Taliban to take control of much of Afghanistan before the withdrawal is even complete.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Qatar’s Al-Jazeera English satellite news channel Sunday morning the insurgents are “awaiting a peaceful transfer of Kabul city” and seeking an unconditional surrender by the central government.
Cheney tweeted Saturday night:
“The Trump/Biden calamity unfolding in Afghanistan began with the Trump administration negotiating with terrorists and pretending they were partners for peace, and is ending with American surrender as Biden abandons the country to our terrorist enemies.”
In that post, she resurfaced a warning from her own Aug. 16, 2019 tweet, where she called the Taliban “no partner in peace,” as the Trump administration sought:
“The Taliban continues to support, harbor and fight alongside al Qaeda. They are not a partner for peace. Any deal that fails to prevent America’s enemies from establishing safe-havens on Afghan soil is a phony deal that threatens our security and risks another 9/11.”
Cheney has faced her own uncertain political future, having lost her House GOP chairwomanship for voting to impeach Trump after he left office.
Also, Cheney broke from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in siding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 Select Committee. All this has left her support in Wyoming on shaky ground amid the widespread support for Trump in the state.