Mike Waltz ads hammer Joe Biden on Afghanistan withdrawal

Mike Waltz Afghanistan ads
'Joe Biden said this sits at his feet and at the end of the day we are going to hold him accountable.'

U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz has released a pair of ads blasting the Biden administration for its handling of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

The minute-long videos come a year after the hurried exit, which was brokered under former President Donald Trump and carried out by President Joe Biden. Kabul, the nation’s capital city, was overrun and captured by Taliban forces during the withdrawal.

The Biden administration has been criticized for the poor execution of the withdrawal, which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. servicemembers as well as dozens of Afghan soldiers. The Trump administration has been criticized for failing to craft a coherent plan to safely evacuate Americans and Afghans from the country.

In both videos, Waltz, a Republican running for re-election in Florida’s 6th Congressional District, vows to hold Biden accountable for the botched exit. The first focuses on the lack of planning.

“You know, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle we knew this was going to devolve into absolute chaos. Those of us who had served knew this was going to happen this way. All of us veterans began demanding — start the evacuation now,” said Waltz, a U.S. Army Green Beret who currently serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army National Guard.

The video cuts to footage of the withdrawal overlaid with contemporaneous soundbites of Waltz criticizing the withdrawal.

“What kind of accountability have we gotten from Joe Biden’s pentagon and his administration? Zero. Nothing. Despite all of this he’s still saying this was a massive success story. We have to have accountability. Joe Biden said this sits at his feet and at the end of the day we are going to hold him accountable,” Waltz says.

The second ad focuses on the current state of Afghanistan, with Waltz citing the intelligence community’s reports that “the rest Al Qaeda is still there and now we have ISIS” before turning to a 2021 clip of Waltz saying future American soldiers will need to return to Afghanistan and “fight their way through our own damn equipment.”

Waltz continues the thread in the new ad, saying “except this time  we have no local allies. They’re being hunted down. We have no bases in the region. We have to get to the bottom of why these decisions were made. I am absolutely not going to wait and allow our homeland to get hit again.”

Waltz’ campaign said the ads are part of a six-figure digital ad buy in the Washington D.C. and Florida media markets.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


7 comments

  • Just a comment

    August 19, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    America also supported these groups and oil dwelling partied in walks around that religion

  • Bill

    August 20, 2022 at 7:50 am

    So trump was going to pull everyone out, biden did pull everyone out and it was a cluster as it was always going to be but now it’s done and we’re finally out. I’m not sure how many people care about this but if he thinks it will get him elected, good luck I guess.

  • Brandon

    August 20, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Glad to see my Congressman show some real anger over the debacle in Saigon, I mean Kabul. In the next congress Mike, impeach the diaper wearing, demented son of a bitch.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 20, 2022 at 8:56 am

      At least the Dems do something for people buddy. The GQP party of empty suits does not but talk and shovel money to the rich. Really just taking you people for a ride…

  • MH/Duval

    August 20, 2022 at 8:44 am

    If Waltz really wanted to deal with the situation, he’d be beating the drums to feed the starving masses in Afghanistan. But, that isn’t really a concern of his.

    • Elliott Offen

      August 20, 2022 at 9:07 am

      The sort of propaganda, lies, and chicanery that conservative Republicans typically rely on when they try to fleece and subdue other nations…they are now using here and it has poisoned the well. It’s about time we gave the rest of the world a break from our insanity though. How do you think they’ve felt over the last 40 years? Similar to what many Americans feel today. These narcissistic conservative sociopaths must pay for it all.

  • PeterH

    August 20, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    …..and Trump’s withdrawal policies left behind ALL translators and Afghan assisters in our 20 year adventure in Afghan nation building. Imagine what that chaos would look like. Promises made ….promises unkept.

    Today’s Republicans using this crisis for political gain should remember that 100+ American soldiers died in the Afghan war…..in the last year of the Trump presidency.

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