By\u00a0Abby Livingston\r\nWASHINGTON \u2014 Despite a tumultuous four days in the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, Texans in Congress have expressed varied views over President Joe Biden\u2019s handling of that mission.\r\nTexas Republicans, including some who are military veterans, have doused the Biden administration in criticism. But the Republicans aren\u2019t currently in power in Washington, D.C. That means much of the governmental fallout depends on Biden himself \u2014 or is in the hands of Democrats who control the committees that oversee American foreign policy and national security.\r\nAnd congressional Texas Democrats have mixed opinions \u2014 and some criticisms \u2014 of how the withdrawal has gone down.\r\n\u201cI agree that this administration should have been working a lot earlier to evacuate a lot of the people who are desperate to flee now,\u201d said U.S. Rep.\u00a0Joaquin Castro\u00a0of San Antonio, who sits on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. \u201cThat\u2019s a point that I think almost everybody agrees with, that these preparations, these evacuations should have started more urgently and earlier.\u201d\r\nThere are an estimated 15,000 Americans scrambling to leave Afghanistan since the Taliban swiftly took control of the country,\u00a0according to news reports. Afghan allies \u2014 like translators who served the U.S. military over the last 20 years \u2014 are also desperate to get out of the country.\r\nBiden ran for president in 2020 promising competent governance, but his success on that front came into question as the\u00a0horrific images and reporting emerged\u00a0from Afghanistan in recent days.\r\nTwo of the Democratic delegation\u2019s most senior members, U.S. Reps.\u00a0Eddie Bernice Johnson\u00a0of Dallas and\u00a0Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston were robust in their support of Biden\u2019s decision to follow through on\u00a0former President Donald Trump\u2019s withdrawal agreement\u00a0with the Taliban. They also approved of Biden\u2019s execution of that plan.\r\n\u201cI want the American people to understand: Give us the chance to go ahead and do what we're supposed to do,\u201d said Jackson Lee, who serves on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. \u201cIf we don't do what we're supposed to do, that's another story."\r\nJackson Lee, like many other Democrats, blamed Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo\u2019s foreign policy, which she described as \u201ca complete failure.\u201d\r\nOther Democrats characterized\u00a0former President George W. Bush\u2019s mission\u00a0at the outset as flawed, and there was much blame pointed to the Afghan government for not getting its house in order over the last 20 years.\r\nBoth Jackson Lee and Johnson were among the six congressional Texans who remain in office nearly 20 years after they ran for their lives at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001. Both also voted to authorize force in Afghanistan in retaliation for the attacks on America that day.\r\nJohnson said she is \u201cas frustrated as everybody else\u201d but backed Biden and said America\u2019s military presence couldn\u2019t continue without change.\r\n\u201cI really can't tell you that I disagree with it,\u201d said Johnson. \u201cWhat I'm concerned about is the aftermath, but we'll get past that, I hope. I don't think this country is ready for continuous war.\u201d\r\nSophomore U.S. Rep.\u00a0Colin Allred\u00a0of Dallas serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.\r\n\u201cOur mission in Afghanistan no longer served our national interests while still costing us dearly.\u00a0@POTUS\u00a0is right, it was time to end this forever war,\u201d\u00a0Allred wrote on Twitter.\r\nBut other Texas Democrats were wary.\r\nU.S. Rep.\u00a0Marc Veasey, who sits on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, called the situation \u201ctragic.\u201d\r\n\u201cI support the decision to bring our troops home after 20 long years, but I also believe we must answer the tough questions about why we were not better prepared to respond to the unfolding crisis,\u201d the Fort Worth Democrat said in a statement.\r\nThe most critical statement at this point came from U.S. Rep.\u00a0Vicente Gonzalez\u00a0of McAllen, who sits on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Not long after a Sunday conference call briefing with House members and senior State Department and Pentagon officials, Gonzalez tweeted, "There\u2019s no way to hide it. The situation in Afghanistan is another shame on this admin.\u201d\r\n\u201cWithdrawal was never going to be easy but it didn\u2019t need to come to this,\u201d he added. \u201cThe US must do everything in its power to help our partners & allies to safety & protect our national security."\r\nSome Texas Democrats are reserving judgment.\r\n\u201cMy thoughts are with our American troops, civilian personnel, and Afghan partners there, who we must work to evacuate as quickly and safely as possible,\u201d said U.S. Rep.\u00a0Lizzie Pannill Fletcher\u00a0on Sunday.\r\nHer fellow Houstonian, U.S. Rep.\u00a0Al Green, called the moment \u201ca sensitive time.\u201d\r\n\u201cI'm of the opinion that this is one of those times when we have to be very careful about how we position our thoughts because he's got a challenge, and there'll be time for us to critique what is happening and has happened,\u201d said Green, who sits on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee.\r\nHe added that he is haunted by the fates awaiting Afghan women and girls.\r\n\u201cBut while our people are there and in harm\u2019s way and while this circumstance seems to be getting a little bit volatile, I think that I\u2019ll wait to give my assessment until the circumstances have changed,\u201d he said.\r\nBiden has a unique standing among many Texas Democratic members. He is far more engaged with Capitol Hill than his two predecessors. As a result, he built up a well of goodwill from Democratic members of Congress early in his term.\r\nAnd this is, after all, the state delegation where many endorsed Biden early, and they campaigned hard enough for him\u00a0that Texas effectively helped deliver the Democratic nomination to Biden in March of last year.\r\nRepublican Texans, though, have unleashed on the president.\r\nU.S. Rep.\u00a0Dan Crenshaw\u00a0of Houston lost an eye while serving in Afghanistan.\r\n\u201cThe scenes from Kabul speak for themselves, casting shame and embarrassment on the world\u2019s greatest superpower,\u201d\u00a0he wrote in the Wall Street Journal.\u00a0\u201cThere is plenty of blame being passed around, including to the \u2018neocons,\u2019 the generals, and the Afghans themselves.\u201d\r\n\u201cBut what got us here was the widespread belief that American foreign policy should be dictated by a simple slogan: \u2018No more endless wars,\u2019\u201d he added. \u201cThe current spokesman for that belief is President Biden.\u201d\r\nAnother Texas veteran, U.S. Rep.\u00a0August Pfluger\u00a0of San Angelo, is furious and pointed to past hearings with the leaders of the State Department and the Pentagon ahead of the withdrawal.\r\n\u201cIn the last four to five months, we were asking all the questions that are now coming up and are such a disaster and such a problem,\u201d said Pfluger, who sits on the House\u2019s foreign affairs and homeland security committees.\r\nCastro suggested that some of the GOP\u2019s critiques have politics behind them \u2014 but also said some Republicans have lobbed fair criticisms. He added that all presidencies \u201care going to have some missteps and criticisms.\u201d\r\nHe indicated he believed the United States\u2019 stature in the world will weather the crisis.\r\n\u201cThose images are never good for any nation, but I think if you step back and think about the role the United States plays in the world as a country that stands up still for freedom, democracy, and human rights, I think that notion of America still prevails,\u201d he said.\r\n\u201cI sure hope it does.\u201d\r\nThis story originally published by the Texas Tribune.