Plea for Biden to Meet with Gold Star Families of the Kabul 13 – No Go from President
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has called on President Joe Biden to meet with the families of the 13 U.S. service members who were killed in the Kabul bombing in August 2021. However, so far, Biden has not responded to the request.
Issa, who represents California’s 49th congressional district, said that the families deserve to hear directly from Biden about what happened in Kabul and why their loved ones were killed.
“For two years, Joe Biden ignored and insulted the Gold Star parents as he turned the page on his disastrous decisions that cost our 13 service members their lives. He has yet to in any way make this right with the families,” Issa said.
“These families have been waiting for answers for months,” Issa said in a statement. “They deserve to meet with the president and hear from him directly about what happened.”
Issa hosted a forum for those same families last week, inviting them to speak publicly about their experiences and raise questions about the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan in August of 2021. During that forum, many of the surviving family members were critical of the Biden administration officials who oversaw the troop withdrawal — and some lashed out at Biden directly, calling him “heartless” and saying that when he had met with them, he had attempted to make the conversation about himself and his late son Beau Biden.
Cheryl Rex, who lost her son Lance CPL Dylane Merola in that attack, said that Biden had immediately spun their interaction to talk about his son.
“When Joe Biden, our elected president, came into the room — when he approached me — his words to me were, ‘My wife, Jill and I, know how you feel. We lost our son as well and brought him home in a flag-draped coffin,’” she said.
“My heart started beating faster, and I started shaking, knowing that their son died from cancer and that they were able to be by his side. Also wondering how someone could honestly … sorry … be so heartless to say he knew how I felt a little over 24 hours in learning of my son’s death,” she added.
For two years, Joe Biden ignored and insulted the Gold Star parents as he turned the page on his disastrous decisions that cost our 13 service members their lives. He has yet to in any way make this right with the families.https://t.co/gSB071Yi5w
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) August 17, 2023
Mother of Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola who died because of botched Afghanistan withdrawal: “When [Biden] approached me, his words to me were, ‘My wife, Jill & I, know how you feel. We lost our son as well and brought him home in a flag draped coffin’'
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 7, 2023