OAN Brooke Mallory
Updated 2:14 PM PT – Wednesday, March 8, 2023
House Republicans have requested more detailed information from the heads of the Defense and State Departments regarding President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021.
“U.S. military and women lose their lives, Americans are abandoned, taxpayer money goes missing, the Taliban gain access to military equipment, progress for Afghan women It has derailed and the entire region is now under Taliban control,” said Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.).
Other Republicans, such as Speaker Michael McCaul (Republic of Texas), said the decision and order allowed the Taliban to quickly capture the Afghan capital of Kabul as American forces prepared to withdraw. He called it a mere “astonishing failure” of Biden’s leadership.
On Wednesday, the House Foreign Relations Committee will begin its first hearings before 118.th Congress has investigated the disastrous withdrawal of the Biden administration that left 13 US soldiers and 170 civilians dead.
A suicide bomber detonated a number of explosives near Hamid Karzai International Airport, shockingly leaving thousands of US citizens and allies stranded in the Taliban-controlled country.
Aides to the Republican Commission said this upcoming hearing was a double-edged sword, acting as a “scene-setter” and a reminder of why the investigation was important, as well as giving veterans a chance to talk about themselves. I said it is also a way of giving. Experience on the ground during withdrawal.
Many military personnel have expressed feeling as if our government has cleaned up the trauma this caused them, and even now, 18 months later, this chaotic removal is under the rug. I hope it hasn’t been wiped out and forgotten.
“What happened in Afghanistan was the systematic collapse of the federal government at all levels and a staggering failure of leadership by the Biden administration … As a result, the world saw a tragic scene in and around Kabul airport. I just want to let all the Gold Star and Blue Star families and all the veterans watching this hearing know until we identify how this happened I never rest.
Witnesses and speakers at the hearing included expert Aidan Gunderson, a former army medic who witnessed the ground evacuation inside Kabul airport, and Francis Q, executive chairman of the volunteer organization Allied Airlift 21. Huang, which included Francis Q. Huang, founder of Operation Pineapple Express. Colonel (retired) David Scott Mann, Sergeant Tyler Vargas Andrews, who was critically injured stationed at Abbey Gate, and Peter Lucier, leader of Team America Relief’s Alliance and Strategic Partnerships.
Scott Mann and Gunderson successfully evacuated about 1,000 Afghan allies through their operation, Task Force Pineapple. Michael McCall said one of the first actions he intends to take is a classified US State Department official sent a warning about the deteriorating security situation, while also emphasizing the need for the immediate evacuation of US allies. Declared to require inspection of disputing cables.
In August 2022, McCall released a significant interim report highlighting the findings of his investigation on withdrawal. The report accused the administration of not evacuating some U.S.-trained military personnel from Afghanistan.
Democrats sent a response note pointing out the Republican criticism as a “partisan report” “full of inaccurate characterizations, well-selected information, and false allegations.”
Adrian Watson, spokesperson for the National Security Council, wrote in a memo.
“By bringing the U.S. military home, we have strengthened our national security by putting the U.S. in a stronger position to meet the challenges of the future and lead the world,” Watson said.
“Tactical and strategic failures” are what the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability is questioning and what are the topics of why they are stepping up the withdrawal investigation. They respond to senior Biden officials I am planning to ask for
About 2,500 military service members and 3,800 US contractors died during the nearly 20-year war.
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