08.20.21

Daines Demands Accountability for the Billions of Dollars Worth of U.S. Military Equipment Left Behind for the Taliban

U.S. SENATE —  U.S. Senator Steve Daines is demanding accountability and action from President Biden over the reckless loss of more than $80 billion in military equipment and weaponry in Afghanistan, which has already been confiscated by the Taliban because of the President’s disastrous withdrawal. 

“According to one Administration official, ‘everything that hasn't been destroyed is the Taliban's now.’  Under normal military protocols, an accidental equipment mishap can trigger an automatic investigation and can have career-altering consequences for ordinary service members.  Who in your Administration will be held accountable for this profound and preventable loss?  Further, I ask you to explain to the American taxpayer your plan for preventing this equipment from being used for terrorist acts, propaganda, and funding; and to mitigate sensitive equipment from falling into the hands of our adversaries for intelligence or reverse-engineering purposes.  I look forward to your response,” Daines wrote.

Read the letter HERE.

Last week, Daines issued a statement in response to President Biden’s failed leadership in Afghanistan and the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban.