Top Republican on Foreign Affairs, McCaul sees Russian invasion as likely


Rep. Mike McCaul., R-Austin, is in his ninth term in Congress, where he has earned a reputation as a staunchly conservative pragmatist. McCaul is ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. From his Washington-area residence, McCaul spoke over a video call on Dec. 3.

Q: You’ve been highly critical of President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Why?

A: We’ve lost eyes and ears on Russia, China and Iran. So we’ve gone dark in that region, and (our withdrawal) also projected weakness. And when you do that, you invite aggression, as you’ll see throughout history, going back to Chamberlain and Hitler (prior to World War II).

So I think this withdrawal…

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