ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young claims the credibility of the American government will suffer for some time because of the way President Biden's administration orchestrated the withdrawal of military personnel from Afghanistan, calling it a "poorly planned and executed" strategy.
Young made that comment during a visit to Allen County Thursday to meet with a group of farmers.
He stopped in at Wyss Farms Enterprises on Yoder Road and during an agriculture roundtable discussed the new infrastructure bill, the prospects for better trade opportunities in foreign markets and tax policy, all important issues to farmers.
But he also found time to criticize the president's handling of the Afghanistan situation.
A suicide bombing at Kabul's airport left more than a dozen U.S. military service members dead.
Young hopes troubles surrounding the pull-out in late August will not inspire Islamic radicals to step up terrorist attacks on American targets.
The removal of U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan nearly 20 years after the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York was first planned by President Trump and had wide support from both parties in Congress.
But Young says the departure needed to be carried out more methodically, with better planning for potential bad outcomes.
"Clearly the administration did not take these worst case scenarios into account and they didn't push the Taliban for a later exit date when things started to go 'south', presumably because this president wanted to be able to deliver a political speech, a sort of victory speech, on the 20th anniversary of 9-11," Young said.
During the visit, Young also highlighted legislation he worked on that allows Purdue's Ag Extension Service to meet with farmers and help teach them about planting cover crops and following no till practices that are seen as ways to control the harmful effects of global warming influenced by human behavior.