Ted Cruz: Afghanistan exit ‘a military failure’ that ‘falls squarely’ on Biden

The Texas senator called for 'congressional inquiries' into what went wrong

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blasted the Biden administration for its botched Afghanistan exit during "Varney & Co." Tuesday, arguing the "military failure" falls on the president and his administration.

"What we have seen is an incredibly, poorly executed exit from the theater," Cruz told FOX Business host Stuart Varney. 

The Texas senator’s criticism of the president comes as chaos ensues over the Taliban’s swift takeover of the region following the United States’ exit.

The vocal GOP senator described the outcome of the withdrawal as "a military failure" and called for "serious public congressional inquiries" into what went wrong with the Biden administration’s Afghanistan exit.


Biden, during a press conference on July 8, assured the U.S. that a Taliban takeover was "inevitable," adding that Afghanistan had "300,000 well-equipped" troops, "as well-equipped as any army in the world."

Nearly a month after the president’s remarks and the Taliban quickly asserting its dominance in the region, Cruz told Varney that the turmoil plaguing Afghanistan could be the result of two options.

The intelligence and war planning of the administration was either "catastrophically wrong and they did not anticipate what would happen," or the intelligence and planning "accurately predicted what would happen and the political leadership of the Biden Harris administration disregarded that intelligence and that planning," Cruz explained. 

The recent events sparked concerns about the safety and removal of Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military during the war.

"I think that’s a very real problem, particularly with those Afghans who assisted us as translators, who assisted us while we were engaged in the warfighting there, that’s thousands of them," the Texas senator pointed out.

As the U.S. grapples with the consequences of the Taliban's quick transition into power and secure evacuations for Afghans, the exit’s failure shines a spotlight on America’s trustworthiness.


"That makes it very difficult the next time we're engaged abroad for someone to trust that if they help us, that their lives will not be endangered severely as a consequence of that," Cruz said.