After two decades of U.S. military involvement and the swift collapse of the central government, the Taliban has retaken control of Afghanistan. The Biden administration continues to defend its decision to withdraw from the country though the pace of the Taliban’s advances has stunned many American and foreign officials. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s ranking Republican, joins congressional reporter Marianna Sotomayor to discuss the United States’ strategy in Afghanistan, the future of the country, what the Taliban’s victory means for the fight against terrorism, as well as new questions about the origins of the coronavirus.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.)
Rep. Michael McCaul represents the 10th Congressional District of Texas and currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the China Task Force. Previously, McCaul served as the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee from 2013 to 2019. Prior to Congress, McCaul served as Chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Western District of Texas, and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with detecting, deterring, and preventing terrorist activity. He also served as Texas Deputy Attorney General under current U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and served as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, DC. Congressman McCaul is married to his wife, Linda. They are proud parents of five children: Caroline, Jewell, and the triplets Lauren, Michael, and Avery.