The Grammy-nominated artist penned his new monitor “Blood On My Arms” shortly after studying of the suicide bombing in Kabul that left 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghan folks useless. The suicide bomb assault was adopted up by a firefight by Islamic State gunmen on the gate, the place the night time earlier than there had been 5,000 Afghans and doubtlessly some Individuals looking for entry to the airport to flee because the Taliban took the nation as President Joe Biden caught to the choice to withdraw troops after 20 years.
In his track, Ondrasik makes use of lyrics that appear straight crucial of the withdrawal plan.
“There’s blood on these arms/ And nonetheless Individuals…/ Left to the Taliban…/ Now how’s that occuring?” the lyrics learn.
He’s extra direct in different components of the track, referencing Biden straight as “Joe” or “Uncle Joe.” Regardless of being extremely crucial of the forty sixth president, the artist notes in a press launch asserting the discharge of the track that he didn’t intend for it to be political.
“There’s a nice custom of artists talking their minds and calling out their leaders for solutions. Lots of these have been inspirations to me,” he defined. “I perceive that this track could be perceived by some as a political assault, however those that observe me know I’m an American with a historical past of calling out each side. After listening to ‘Blood on My Arms,’ a good friend stated that he discovered the track to be politically impartial, however morally-forward. My hope is that this track helps demand accountability, so the American promise is just not forsaken.”
The Taliban had moved shortly by way of the nation forward of the deliberate U.S. withdrawal on the finish of August, catching the U.S. off guard and resulting in chaotic scenes at Kabul airport. All through all of it, Biden was criticized for sticking to the plan and noting that there was overwhelming assist for the U.S. to withdraw.
Ondrasik stated he understands the choice to drag overseas, however criticized Biden for not extending the Aug. 31 deadline.
“Though I imagine the choice to withdraw or not from Afghanistan has good arguments on each side, I can’t comprehend why our present administration wouldn’t lengthen the August 31 deadline, thus leaving Americans, SIV holders, and Afghan allies behind to a terrorist Taliban regime,” he wrote. “As a life-long supporter of our army I’ve all the time believed that ‘no man left behind’ utilized to all Individuals, in addition to to these we promise to guard.”
Elsewhere in his assertion, the singer famous that he was “surprised and horrified” by the photographs popping out of the Kabul airport on the onset of the U.S. withdrawal. He significantly cited the plight that girls could now face within the nation below Taliban rule.
Fox Information’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.