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Sen. Tillis Says Afghanistan Withdrawal Stains U.S. Credibility PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:56
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement:
 
“History will record President Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan as a stain on America’s honor and credibility both at home and abroad. It is unconscionable that the world’s most powerful country abandoned some of our own citizens and green card holders, and betrayed thousands of our Afghan allies we had promised refuge, leaving them to certain death at the hands of the Taliban.
 
“It should have never been this way, and the buck stops with President Biden. The buck stops with him not only because he is the president, but because he decided to overrule military leaders by setting an arbitrary and politically motivated withdrawal date. He decided to appease the Taliban, put them in charge of security in Kabul, and allow them to gain access to our weapons and equipment. He decided to handcuff our military who wanted to do more while allowing the State Department—under the incompetent management of Secretary Blinken—to run a chaotic bureaucratic process that became a nightmare for Americans and Afghans desperately seeking to get out.
 
“President Biden has repeatedly misled the American people and pointed fingers at everyone else to avoid taking any responsibility for his own failed decisions. President Biden promised that we would not leave until every American was evacuated, a promise he shamefully broke in order to keep the promises he made to the Taliban. When the American people now hear the phrase ‘those who wanted to leave’ coming from administration officials, they need to know that some did not leave because the American government only gave them the option to evacuate if they left their loved ones behind in Afghanistan. 
 
“These last several weeks have been tremendously difficult for our servicemembers, veterans, and Gold Star families. It’s especially painful for veterans who are worried sick about what will happen to their Afghan friends they served alongside now that America has left. The brave Americans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom did everything we asked them to do and more, and we can never forget their heroic service and sacrifice.
 
“It is our government leaders who are responsible for the disastrous withdrawal and the stain on America’s honor and credibility. Their failures have made it likely that Afghanistan will once again become a safe haven for al-Qaeda and other terror networks.
 
“Congress now has a duty to investigate what went wrong, why it went wrong, and hold the administration accountable for failing our citizens and allies.”
 
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Rep. Budd Co-Sponsors Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medals To 13 Fallen Servicemembers PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:46
Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC) joined more than 150 House members to help introduce legislation that would posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan last week. The bill was led by Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI).

 

Rep. Budd said in a statement: 
“These brave men and women put themselves in harm's way to save others. They are the best of our country and we are forever in their debt. I am proud to help introduce a bipartisan bill that would award these heroes with Congress’s highest honor.”
 
Jacksonville Couple Guilty Of Transporting Illegal Aliens To Camp Lejeune By Boat PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 August 2021 08:26
A Jacksonville husband and wife duo pleaded guilty today to transporting illegal aliens onto Camp Lejeune Marine Base by boat.

 

According to court documents, Timothy Scott Belcher, 56 and Georgina Belcher 63 orchestrated the transportation of three foreign nationals illegally residing in the United States onto Camp Lejeune Marine Base by circumventing the base gate and transporting them from Jacksonville, NC, to the Wilson Boat dock on base.

 

The three aliens were employed by a drywall company owned by Georgina Belcher, which had a contract with the U.S. Military.
 
The Belcher’s pleaded guilty to Bringing in and Harboring Certain Aliens and face a possible sentence of not more than five years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release at the time of sentencing, scheduled for the November 16, 2021 term of court. 

 

“The Nation's critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin American society. Proactive and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure – including our Military Bases, Airports, and other areas that are vital to public confidence and the Nation's safety,” said G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina who made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the plea. Homeland Security Investigations and the Marine Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Diaz is prosecuting the case.
 
Tillis Blasts Decision To Exit Afghanistan By August 31 PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 25 August 2021 08:21
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statement on President Biden’s decision not to move the August 31 deadline to evacuate all Americans and Afghans:
 
“This is a disastrous decision by President Biden that was cemented by his administration’s prior ill-conceived timeline agreement with the Taliban instead of the conditions on the ground. We deserve to know the full extent of the agreement with the Taliban, including the arbitrary and inflexible deadline that led us to the humiliating point of the Taliban dictating terms to the U.S. and setting a red line.
 
“To be clear, our servicemembers and military leaders on the ground are doing an extraordinary job in spite of the limited authority and direction provided to them by the Biden administration. We have seen their sense of duty, urgency, and compassion that we frankly are not consistently seeing from our civilian leaders.
 
“My office is assisting hundreds of people still stranded in Afghanistan and trying the best we can to cut red tape and get them evacuated safely. The situation is dire. My office is receiving heartbreaking alerts from SIVs that the Taliban is going door-to-door tracking them and their families down and they have no way to get to the airport.
 
“Time is running out and we cannot leave our fellow Americans and Afghan allies behind. We need our commander-in-chief to start acting like a leader and use any means necessary to get the job done.”
 
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