On Friday, Republican Congressman and House Judiciary Committee member Jim Jordan accused the Biden administration of putting the United States in a bad position regarding the Ukraine crisis, saying that the billions in weapons and equipment America left behind in Afghanistan could be significantly benefitting Ukraine forces right now in that country’s fight against Russia.
Jordan made his comments during an interview on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
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Rep. Jordan: ‘It would’ve been nice’
Jordan wondered aloud what all of the war material that was left behind by the Biden administration in Afghanistan during an episode about American options for responding to the conflict in Ukraine.
Jordan told host Sean Hannity, “Sean, think about this: Dan just talked about weapons and what we need to get to the Ukrainians, it would’ve been nice if that $85 billion of weapons and equipment we left in Afghanistan, if that was in — some of that was in Ukraine right now to help the Ukrainian people.”
“That’d be nice,” he added.
While billions in U.S. weapons were left behind, fact checkers have found the oft cited “$85 billion” number to be inflated.
However, it is clear that the Biden administration did not have a precise figure.
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Drones. Humvees. Guns. Night vision goggles. Armored vehicles. Attack helicopters. Even planes.
“It would have been nice if the $85 billion in weapons left in Afghanistan could’ve been sent to Ukraine.” ~ Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio – R)
— 🇺🇸 Ely Brit! (@realelybritt) February 26, 2022
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Jordan: State Department Too Focused On ‘Pronouns’ And ‘Gender-neutral Passports’
Jordan then said the U.S. government should concentrate more on “real diplomacy” than political correct nonsense.
“It’d be nice if the State Department would be focused on real diplomacy versus when they sent out the email that said, oh, what pronoun do you want to use?” Jordan mocked. “And, oh, we’re going to have gender-neutral passports now, for goodness sake.”
He suggested that the incompetence displayed by this government is causing Ukrainians to suffer.
“So, that’s the problem, bad decisions early on that put us in this terrible position,” Jordan finished.
“And the Ukrainian people feel it as we speak,” he said.
Rep. Jim Jordan founded the conservative Freedom Caucus of the House.