Rick Scott renews calls for congressional probe into Joe Biden’s ‘Afghanistan failures’
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
Scott has also called for invoking the 25th Amendment.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott again expressed frustration with President Joe Biden’s “Afghanistan failures,” making what seem to be unheeded calls for a congressional investigation into the final days of the 20-year conflict. 

In a statement Monday from his Senate office, the junior Senator from Florida lambasted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for doing “absolutely nothing.”

“It has been two weeks since the world watched the Taliban take control of Afghanistan because of Joe Biden’s botched and poorly planned attempt to withdraw U.S. troops and evacuate Americans and our allies. This chaos created by Biden’s misguided and dangerous actions and decisions has led to the loss of 13 American service members and the endangerment of thousands of civilians, including Americans, in Kabul,” Scott said. “It’s now clear that Biden knew of the imminent threat that led to this preventable and horrific loss. His abject failure, carelessness and incompetence has empowered terrorists and made our world a far more dangerous place.”

“For two weeks I have called on Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi to launch a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the Biden administration’s failed withdrawal of American forces. They’ve done absolutely nothing. Putting politics above reason and their duty to the American people, Schumer and Pelosi have stayed inexplicably silent and taken ZERO action to launch a much needed bipartisan and bicameral investigation,” Scott added.

“It’s clear that the intelligence community had several indications that this troop withdrawal would fail, but Biden and his administration chose to proceed and knowingly put lives at risk. That’s unacceptable. Schumer and Pelosi need to hold Joe Biden accountable for his egregious mistakes for the sake of the American people. It’s time to get them the answers and accountability they deserve.” 

Scott has repeatedly called for an investigation, and he was also an early adopter of the position that Biden should be removed from office under the provisions of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Scott has been shopping the unlikely scenario for the better part of two weeks and continues to double down on the notion that Biden is “unfit” for office, his actions “misguided and dangerous,” and that Vice President Kamala Harris and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment.

“On August 16, as the world watched the Taliban rapidly take Afghanistan due directly to Joe Biden’s failed withdrawal of U.S. forces, I urged the nation to confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment,” Scott asserted Friday.

“Now, 11 days later and following the tragic loss of 13 American service members in a heartbreaking, predictable and preventable terrorist attack, I am again urging Vice President Harris and the cabinet to put politics aside, act in the best interests of the American people and consider invoking the 25th Amendment,” Scott added. 

Expect these calls for reprisals for Biden to continue from Scott, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2022 cycle. Expect also that their main impact will be political, rather than in the realm of policy possibility. 

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • Frankie M.

    August 30, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Does Ricky want to retreat from the retreat?

  • Alex

    August 30, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Poor Ricky,

    He thinks someone is listening to him.

  • William Curran

    August 30, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Help the retired special operators that are going in to get our people out. They get them what they need. So far the state department is hampering their efforts.

    • Frankie M.

      August 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      I don’t know bout you but I’m kinda burned out on humanitarian missions after the last 20 years. I’ll leave that stuff up to non-profits like Blackwater & other private contractors. They’re the only ones that made out on this fiasco. Got us coming & going

  • PeterH

    September 1, 2021 at 6:49 am

    If Republicans are so interested in Afghanistan…… where were they in February of 2020 when Trump signed a withdrawal arrangement with the Taliban? Trumps arrangement had a USA departure deadline. What did Republicans think would happen. Did Republicans actually believe the Taliban would leave a political vacuum in Afghanistan while the USA and the Afghan government packed their bags?

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