Former President George W. Bush Expresses ‘Deep Sadness’ Over Taliban’s Takeover of Afghanistan

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral of late U.S. Congressman John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives who died July 17, at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. July 30, 2020. Alyssa Pointer/Pool via REUTERS.

Former President George W. Bush is speaking out on the government’s collapse in Afghanistan, expressing his sadness over the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country.

Bush and former first lady Laura Bush said in a joint statement issued late Monday that their hearts are heavy for Afghan civilians, Americans and NATO allies.

“Laura and I have been watching the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan with deep sadness,” the former president said. “Our hearts are heavy for both the Afghan people who have suffered so much and for the Americans and NATO allies who have sacrificed so much.”

He said that the Afghans “now at the greatest risk are the same ones who have been on the forefront of progress inside their nation,” noting that President Biden has promised to evacuate Afghan civilians, American citizens and allies.

“The United States government has the legal authority to cut the red tape for refugees during urgent humanitarian crises. And we have the responsibility and the resources to secure safe passage for them now, without bureaucratic delay. Our most stalwart allies, along with private NGOs, are ready to help,” the former president added.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Alex Gangitano

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