Meghan McCain is relying on her family’s lengthy military history to weigh in on yesterday’s announcement that President Biden would bring troops home from Afghanistan. On today’s episode of The View, the conservative co-host, who explained that “the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been omnipresent in me and my family’s lives,” gave her own take on the withdrawal news during this morning’s Hot Topics.
“I am friends with more people than I can count who are in the military and the consensus from them is that they are very war-weary and they go over and they fight and they are not treated with the respect or given the healthcare that they deserve,” she began.
“That being said, I am very, very skeptical of what is going to happen if we withdraw,” McCain added. “In the same way that when we removed our troops from Iraq it created the vacuum in which ISIS came in and took over everything that we had built and stabilized in the region, I’m worried about that happening.”
Pointing to the negotiations in Doha between the Afghan government and the Taliban that began last September, McCain said they’ve been going “very slow,” adding, “I think it’s naive for any of us to believe that the Taliban wants anything other than chaos in the region.”
One of her biggest concerns, she shared, was how women’s rights will be affected with the withdrawal of troops. “Women in Afghanistan have fought for rights to education, to have freedom in that country,” McCain said. “These are women who have had acid thrown in their faces when they were trying to go to school, they have been gunned down and murdered just trying to get any kind of rights that we have as women in this country, so I worry about what happens to women and children there.”
McCain added that she hopes President Biden will continue funding Afghan soldiers and the Afghan government, even without a physical presence on the ground, “so they can continue to create stability in the country.”
“There are great Afghan soldiers that have been doing really, really hard, arduous, and lethal work over the past 20 years and I hate the idea that we are just going to abandon them with no plan,” she said.
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