Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joined a growing chorus of Republicans who lashed out at President Joe Biden following the deadly attack on U.S. forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, leaving 13 troops dead and killing dozens more Afghans.
Gingrich, a former Georgia Republican lawmaker, suggested to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Biden’s actions are unprecedented as he called on both Democrats and the GOP in Congress to demand the firing of top Cabinet officials and military leaders at the Pentagon.
“Well, this is an unusual circumstance. We have not seen a president this incompetent, we haven’t seen a president surrender to an enemy in the way that Joe Biden has,” Gingrich said in response to Ingraham’s question about what steps Congress should take next.
“And he’s allowed a 7th-century tribal group to defeat the most powerful country in the 21st century. It’s an astonishing outcome,” Gingrich continued.
“So I think the Congress, if they actually cared about America, and wanted to put America first rather than partisan politics, both the House and Senate would go into special sessions – one, to hold hearings and really try to get at the truth,” he added.
Two, I think, to insist on firing an entire group of people,” he said, noting that presidents aren’t subject to such actions, per se.
“You can’t, as a practical matter, fire the president, but the national security adviser, the secretary of state, secretary of defense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, commander of the Central Command,” Gingrich noted.
“I mean, we’ve learned that the system has failed.”
Reports following the attacks said that 11 Marines, two Army troops, and one Navy corpsman were killed in two separate blasts that occurred outside the international airport at Kabul.
One bombing occurred at a checkpoint known as Abbey Gate, and another a short distance away at the Baron Hotel.
Following the suicide bombing at the gate, ISIS-K gunmen opened fire, leading U.S. forces to engage them, reports said.
“The threat from ISIS is extremely real,” said Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, the theater command that oversees the war in Afghanistan.
“We believe it is their desire to continue those attacks, and we expect those attacks to continue, and we’re doing everything we can to prepare for those attacks,” he added.
Other Republicans continued to blast the president and the administration, including several who are military veterans.
“Mr. President, fix the mess you created. Stop running from it,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a former Navy SEAL officer, added.
“We are still at war. You didn’t ‘end the war,’ you just gave the enemy new advantage. Go on offense, establish superiority, and don’t leave until all our citizens and allies are safe,” he added.
“This despicable terrorist attack against innocent civilians at the Kabul airport, which injured American Marines, is a reminder of the depravity the world faces from Afghanistan,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an Air Force veteran, noted in a Twitter thread.
Rep. Scott Franklin, R-Fla., a former Navy pilot, told Fox News Thursday he was “not surprised” by the attack.
“I’m not surprised. It’s hard to watch but I’m not surprised,” Franklin said. “I mean ISIS-K, they’re all intertwined, all interrelated, they feed off of one another. Not at all a surprise to me.”