TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma leaders are speaking out after Thursday's attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan that left several U.S. service members dead.
Gov. Kevin Stitt tweeted Thursday morning that his prayers are with the victims.
My prayers are with the victims of the attacks today in Kabul and everyone who is still in harm's way.
We must stand firm in the face of terror and use whatever means necessary to protect our troops, American citizens and our allies.
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) August 26, 2021
U.S. officials say at least 12 U.S. service members were killed in the Kabul bombings, including 11 Marines and one Navy medic.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK District 1) released the following statement after the attacks:
“President Biden now has the blood of American patriots on his hands. This tragedy can only be a direct result of his lack of leadership. He has failed the American people as Commander-in-Chief and does not deserve the respect of that title any longer. Vice President Harris should not be left off the hook for this disaster either. She laughed when a reporter asked her about the crisis in Afghanistan the other day – does she think it’s funny now? American soldiers have fought and died in Afghanistan for the last twenty years, and she treats questions about it like a joke. There is no leadership in the White House right now. Biden and Harris both need to resign for dereliction of duty.
My heart goes out to the families of these four incredible Americans, who gave their lives to help rescue Americans from Taliban terrorists. I pray for peace and comfort in this time of intense pain and confusion.”
U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) called on the U.S. to "establish control, protect Americans and our allies, and be prepared to stay as long as needed."
Cindy and I are praying for our US service members and the innocent victims of this morning’s terrorist attacks in Kabul. Our irresponsible withdrawal from Afghanistan has tragically left the door open for chaos for those remaining and has left Americans vulnerable.
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) August 26, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) followed suit with his Republican colleagues in mourning the losses in the attacks while criticizing President Joe Biden.
“I call on President Biden to hold accountable those who are responsible for — as well as those who enabled — today’s murderous attack in Kabul. President Biden alone made a strategic decision, and that decision led to the tragic events today. We must do everything we can to protect against the loss of even more innocent lives.
Right now, thousands of Americans and even more eligible Afghan partners are still trying to leave Afghanistan. They, along with our brave troops, cannot trust the new Taliban government with our security, especially against terrorist groups, some of which the Taliban have liberated and some of which they have enabled. Unfortunately, given the ongoing failure in U.S. civilian leadership, we are likely to see more terrorist attacks in the future — so it’s more urgent than ever that President Biden exhaust all resources and utilize all avenues to quickly and safely evacuate those who are still on the ground until the job is done, even if it goes beyond August 31.
There are no good words for what happened in Kabul today, but it is heartbreaking and tragic. Kay and I are praying for those killed and wounded today, especially for the families of the American service members who died heroes, trying to save innocent lives during the terribly difficult mission they’ve been assigned.”
“I am deeply saddened and distraught by the tragic loss of at least 12 of our brave service members, who were killed in the line of duty while evacuating innocent Americans and Afghanis from the evil clutches of the Taliban.
In the response to the horrific and despicable attack that occurred at the Kabul Airport today, America must quickly deliver justice to those who planned and executed it. Moreover, Congress must conduct an immediate investigation into the policies and decisions of the Biden Administration that led to this tragic loss of life. In my opinion, this avoidable tragedy was a direct consequence of the faulty assumptions and the poor execution of the Afghanistan withdrawal strategy devised and implemented by the Biden Administration.
Make no mistake, both ISIS-K and the Taliban are terrorist organizations, and left unchecked, this likely will not be the last attack in the region. The betrayal of the people of Afghanistan is the worst betrayal of a country and a people by a western power since Munich in 1938. President Biden must act like Commander in Chief and take the necessary actions to protect our troops, allies and our country from the terrorist regime.
This is indeed a dark day. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with those injured and the families, friends and loved ones of our brave service members who lost their lives while selflessly trying to rescue others. My heart also goes out to the many service members who sought to bring hope and prosperity to the people of Afghanistan these last 20 years. My prayers also remain with our deployed service members who are confronting an impossibly unfair position, never tiring in their relentless professionalism and selflessness to execute their duty, which is why they are the best in the world.”
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