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Accountability for Afghanistan Disaster Top Priority for GOP House

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2022
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With less than a month to go until Republicans officially take control of the House of Representatives, the GOP is gearing up for a series of investigations to finally provide some answers – and hopefully some accountability – regarding the slew of devastating failures by the Biden administration and congressional Democrats over the past two years. As Axios first reported last week, at the top of that list will likely be Biden’s calamitous evacuation from Afghanistan that left 13 American service members dead and billions of dollars of sophisticated military equipment in the hands of Taliban fighters.

Ever since President Joe Biden audaciously called the U.S. exit from Afghanistan an “extraordinary success” last August, Republicans have been eager to force top Biden officials to answer some tough questions about the obvious failures at the highest levels of military leadership and the national security establishment. With the help of a compliant media, Biden has been largely successful at shirking responsibility for what is objectively one of the most shameful, tragic, and unnecessary U.S. foreign policy disasters in the country’s history. But with a Republican House majority, those responsible for this colossal failure may finally be forced to face accountability for their actions.

According to the Axios report, an internal memo from Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, alleges illegal obstruction by Biden administration officials with regards to records and document requests related to the evacuation. Comer specifically cites “over 70 instances in which State, USAID, or Treasury declined, stalled, or refused to provide information, assistance, or interviews.” The stonewalling has raised fresh suspicions that high-ranking Biden officials are attempting a cover-up of their own failures, and has renewed GOP determination to conduct hearings when the next Congress convenes in January.

The first and most critical question Republicans want answered is why the Biden administration was so insistent on an accelerated withdrawal schedule. Though Biden has denied speculation that he rushed arrangements in order to complete the withdrawal by the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks for symbolic reasons, multiple high-ranking military officials have testified that they advised Biden against the accelerated timeline. Thus far, the Biden administration has provided no plausible alternative explanation for why they contradicted advice from military leaders.

Republicans will also likely press for answers on why Biden abandoned the terms of the deal reached with the Taliban by the Trump administration in February of 2020 known as the Doha Agreement, which the media largely ignored. According to the terms of the deal, the U.S. agreed to withdraw American troops as long as the Taliban upheld seven conditions – chief among them a promise to do no harm to U.S. soldiers and an assurance that Afghanistan would no longer be a haven for terrorists.

Soon after Biden took office, the Taliban began violating all of those seven conditions – culminating in the suicide attack that killed 13 American service members. But instead of “hitting them harder than they’ve ever been hit before,” as Trump famously promised to do if any Americans were harmed in the withdrawal, Biden’s “response” was a drone strike that killed 10 civilians and 7 children, but no terrorists. If a Republican president had overseen this tragedy, it’s likely the media would have called for full transparency and congressional inquiries. Instead, the story quietly faded away within days of the final withdrawal.

Biden officials and top military brass have also failed to answer for why they made the fateful decision to vacate Bagram Air Base with thousands of Americans and American visa holders still in the country. Bagram was the first and eventually the largest airfield secured by U.S. forces following the September 11th attacks. The base’s proximity to Kabul made it incredibly valuable in supporting the Afghan government and ensuring the safety of American citizens abroad. On July 1st the Pentagon abandoned the base in the middle of the night without alerting Afghan forces. Before the Afghan military could secure the field, it was heavily looted, with hardened terrorists sprung out of its jail and much of its supplies going to the Taliban.

In the chaotic retreat which followed, billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment, including everything from attack helicopters to night vision goggles, fell into Taliban hands. Most unsettlingly, the U.S. also left behind military biometric devices that could aid in the identification of Afghans who assisted coalition forces – a virtual death sentence for many. No one in the Biden administration has yet been held accountable for this logistical disaster.

Perhaps most egregiously of all, the Biden administration also left behind an estimated 9,000 Americans, in addition to tens of thousands of U.S. allies and Afghan interpreters. Biden repeatedly promised that American forces would not leave until every American was safely out of the country. Yet there are still dozens of Americans unaccounted for.

Beyond simply pushing for long-overdue accountability on the Afghanistan disaster, getting to the bottom of the military and bureaucratic failures behind the evacuation is also a matter of crucial national security importance moving forward. In the annual “Pentagon Report on Chinese Military Development” released last month, military leaders revealed that China has aggressively highlighted the Afghanistan withdrawal as evidence that the United States is an “unreliable partner” and a “declining power.” This framing has been tremendously influential in eroding the confidence that key allies like Taiwan and even Japan have in the United States.

House Republicans can’t undo the Afghanistan debacle. But with well-organized hearings and the right lines of questioning, they can perhaps help prevent a similar fiasco in the future, and ensure that the American people know exactly how badly their leadership failed them.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.  

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Phil Levin
Phil Levin
1 year ago

Isn’t it a fool’s errand to “investigate” a president who’s known to be on the take from China and Russia? The house can’t impeach anyone without support from the crooked Senate, so why waste the time?

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
1 year ago

This was a deliberate travesty to degrade the USA in the eyes of the world !
Biden, Austin, Milley ( WOK) and the joint Chiefs should be tried fo treason.
We just funded the terriorists with Billions of dollars of military hardware to use against us.

Make no mistake this was pre planned by traitors to the American people.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

& these to:

J6
Wuhan virus, Lockdowns
Big Tech censorship

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

WE allreddy have answers. We need accountability. The SENILE <SOB needs to go. Kyle mL.

Jeri
Jeri
1 year ago

I doubt anyone will be punished, but would love to see these people trashed by the history books for the tyrants they are. Trashed to the point that their offspring seriously consider changing their last names out of fear and disgust.

Harry
Harry
1 year ago

What about jail time for anyone complicit in the debacle.

tika
tika
1 year ago

THAT is BEFORE spending TRILLIONS OF OUR MONEY! LOL!

Lauren R MacArthur
Lauren R MacArthur
1 year ago
  • 13 military personnel had to die in order to accomplish Biden’s desire to meet the symbolic Sept. 11 date. However, will investigations accomplsh anything? Even IF they are able to prove anything, where does it go from there? …..to the DOJ, FBI, blah, blah blah? These departments are overrun with liberal actors only interested in blaming everything on Trump. Those agencies MUST be cleaned out…some how.
PAT
PAT
1 year ago

Answer me something.
Why is the new Republican house so interested in finding out answers to things that they have no intention of bringing the folks responsible to task? I.E. inflation, crime, border security, and the list goes on. They already know who is responsible and the buck stops with him, Biden. Biden may be a bumbling idiot, but in the end he is the one who must take responsibility for actions of those who work for him.

Are these committees going to impeach Biden and charge him criminally for what he and his ilk have done? I would wager not. If they do, then what? We get Harris for a President? She, potentially, could be a worse leader than Biden. At least Biden is being willingly led around by the nose. Will Harris allow that? Probably not.

Personally, I believe that all this posturing by the leaders of the incoming conservatives is just that posturing.

If the conservatives wish to continue to be in control of the house and potentially in control of the white house and senate in 2024, then they had better look to finding answers to what the voting folks are concerned about and fix those things. They should not waste time with investigations that will go no where.

The house is, or will be, controlled by conservatives in less than a month. They will be in control of the purse strings. Those purse strings are the most powerful hammer in their tool box. They need to grow a spine, and defund those departments that do nothing to further the welfare of the individual or enhance our security.

This country is going to hell in a hand basket! The conservatives, along with the liberals, are leading the parade.

Felix
Felix
1 year ago

My prediction – MSM will spin everything the new congress investigates so that the new congress will be the ones to be held accountable for everything Brandon, Pelosi and Schummer has done the last few years, and the new congress leadership will let them do it without a fight!

Aaf Schafer
Aaf Schafer
1 year ago

Will these investigation lead to anything? I have my doubts.

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

The ONLY success that the Jacka** Joe Biden’s administration has is in the DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES in ALL facets of American history/economy/citizenship/reputation, you name it! HE has GUARANTEED himself as the WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

It would be enlightening to know how many Americans are STILL trapped in Afghanistan! I know they have to lie low but just how many are still trapped?

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

Remember this axiomatic truth: everything the demon party does weakens the country. They erode time honored institutions at the same time they do all in their power to pervert and destroy individuals. The party of fentanyl insists on open borders in spite of the od deaths. Why? Because the larger goal is to flood this country with indigents then hand them the vote. If and when gop committees ask questions of the demon party it will be for show only. What happened in afganistan mirrors what the demon party did in the 70s after taking power in the wake of watergate. They cut all funding to arvn in order to guarantee the north victory. In so doing they made all our sacrifce of blood and treasure there meaningless. This severely weakened the country. The demons salivated.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

Biden’s incompetent, traitorous, and feckless method of exiting Afghanistan is a clear indication of how irresponsible and unfit our present, empty suit commander in chief is for office. He has absolutely no business being in his position of power. He made an oath to protect our country, and he has recklessly, significantly weakened our country militarily, economically, and socially. Disaster upon disaster has been testing the very survival of our Constitutional Republic. The Republicans should do their very best to investigate Biden and his entire administration. I still find it hard to believe that Biden is going to be able to keep on destroying this still great nation for another 2 years. He is on the road to completely obliterating our past, present, and future.

Donald King
Donald King
1 year ago

With the team of Rinos, including both RNC speakers, over at the good old boys club [RNC], at best they’ll make an attempt to correct things, but as usual, fumble the ball and life will go on as usual with the progressive/socialists calling the shots. We need Trump, or at least a Trump-like clone to ever manage to recover.

John D Enyart
John D Enyart
1 year ago

The Afghanistan withdrawal was a disaster, however, what is the point of investigating this debacle except to apply lessons learned so that it will never happen again. Republicans: Don’t be drawn into past dramas – focus on inflation, the economy, drilling/mining to keep us energy independent, and maintaining a strong military.

Jean
Jean
1 year ago

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, instead of playing a blame game, we just came up with a way to handle these matters in a more respectful way. After all, it was the Republicans who arranged the Vietnam exit in such an outrageous, embarrassing manner. It’s not political – it does deserve to be looked at and a better way of handling these situations explored.

Reality
Reality
1 year ago

The foxes(Obama/Biden) are in the WhiteHouse. Destroy America and the world in every area of life!!!

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
1 year ago

With so many horrific decisions having been made by the Biden puppet administration, it must be difficult to prioritize which ones need to be addressed first.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Like the punishment doled out to the imbeciles that let 13 brave Americans perish protecting our embassy?? Then some “Americans ” couldn’t even testify because they had a headache!! And with half the Republicans that don’t have a backbone Good Luck with that .

Denise
Denise
1 year ago

Biden should be impeached for high treason. He, with malice and no doubt urging, armed the enemies inAfghanistan. He deliberately left AMERICAN CITIZENS and their children in this hostile nation. From conservative articles I’ve read, citizens are still there…IF they’re still alive! He has plunged this nation into the worst inflation in over 40 years, deliberately and with malice shut down our oil production, used Air Force one to fly around the world begging for oil (not especially fuel efficient!), continued to deliberately and will malice, let known drug dealers, repeat violent offenders, illegals from over 21 different nations with NO health or background checks, into this country, the lefties in control of New York City are “giving” money to illegals, and allowing them to VOTE in local elections….of course they’ll vote for the hands that feed them off our backs, transporting them in the middle of the night to different and unsuspecting cities…bleeding from the eyes to disarm “We The law abiding People” while continuing the decades long destruction by the left, of what’s left of a laughable “justice system.” He is bought and paid for, many including myself are pretty sure that a previous “president” who opined “I’m going to fundamentally change America” is pulling his strings.
George Bush Sr. during his presidential acceptance speech said “We must usher in the “new world order”. This is not and hasn’t been for a very long time a “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Welcome to “the new world order.”

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Can anyone imagine the end of WWII had it been in the hands of the same people starting with Bush excepting Trump?

Max
Max
1 year ago

Sorry, overall, nothing will be accomplished except the continued waste of taxpayer money since the current powers in charge will see that nothing is done.

GTPATRIOTS
GTPATRIOTS
1 year ago

I disagree. The withdrawal from Afganistan should have been done in a much more responsible manner and it wasn’t. But the key point was to get our troops out of a 20 year war to defend a nation whose men did not want to defend. And our military kept selling us a line of BS for the 20 year period that the Afgans were “just about to get it” Many in our military need to be jailed which is the problem Until we jail DC criminals all of this is a bunch of mouth. Jail or forget it. The lesson for the Afgans is that if you are not willing to defend yourselves why expect the US to do it ?
No one talks about that. All we hear is how the Afgans feel that we cheated them. What a crock.

Katurm
Katurm
1 year ago

I’m afraid this will end up like so many well meaning investigations and interrogatories with no real consequence. Just the other day, my wife was watching an old YouTube video showing Trey Gowdy grilling Peter Strzok. It was exhilarating to be sure, and Gowdy nailed him pretty good. But at the end of the day, Strzok walked out with that stupid smirk on his face with no consequence.
On top of that, the generals will somehow spin the whole thing and “double-down”. I’m afraid I have lost faith. And who will be the audience? Certainly not the 30 and under crowd who helped elect Fetterman and Warnock. No one’s mind will be changed.

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