Sunday, September 26, 2021

Republican Grill Blinken On Afghanistan, Democrats Blame Trump

During Monday’s hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, partisans on both sides of the political aisle made the allegations. Democrats, hoping to defend the unpopular way of returning President Joe Biden, blamed the Trump administration for the devastation. Republicans, riding a wave of growing apprehension toward Biden after fiasco, went on the offensive, blaming Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken for his handling of the situation.

Committee chairman Rep. Gregory Meeks (D.N.Y.) said in his opening statement that “it will never be easy to disengage ourselves from the war in Afghanistan.”

He continued: “And to my friends who believe a clean solution to a withdrawal, I would welcome to hear what a truly spontaneous return from a messy, chaotic, 20-year war looks like. In fact, I just Haven’t heard of a clean withdrawal option until now, as I don’t believe one exists.

Meeks accused Biden’s critics, who have come from both major parties since the fall of Afghanistan, of “injecting”[ing] Domestic politics in foreign policy. “

Starting a trend continued during the meeting by his Democratic allies, Meeks shifted the blame to former President Donald Trump, citing a 2020 deal that would have taken the country out of the war as part of the president’s campaign promises. One would have completed.

The former president has been quite critical of Biden’s handling of the withdrawal. In discussing the situation, Trump has been open about the deal he and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo struck with the Taliban, but remained adamant that the deal would have been subject to the Taliban fulfilling a number of conditions and that He had an administration. handled the situation very differently.

Michael McCaul (R-Texas), a member of the ranking minority party, spoke for Republicans in his opening statement, shifting the blame to Biden’s handling of the situation.

He began, “It was not supposed to happen, but the president refused to listen to his own generals and the intelligence community who had warned him about what would happen if we retreat.” The result of the situation, he said, was essentially an “unconditional surrender to the Taliban”.

He redeemed Blinken and Biden for their “betrayal” of American allies in the region, after promising that they would be evacuated safely. In the wake of this betrayal, McCall said, “a dark veil of Sharia covers Afghanistan,” leaving not only longtime ally but “removing the bandage” for the Taliban’s retaliation.[ing] All efforts to get women and girls rights in the country away in a few weeks.

“We’re here today to better understand how this administration got it so wrong,” McCall said.

Blinken defends Biden’s administration handling

In his opening remarks, Blinken defended the administration’s efforts and accused critics of undermining.

He began by saying that the United States’ visit to Afghanistan had two main goals: to “bring justice to Al Qaeda” for its role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and to ensure that the country was used as a cannot be done. The launching point for another such terror attack. These goals were met “a long time ago,” Blinken said.

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Still, Blinken indicated that the current administration felt compelled to conform to the deal Trump made with the Taliban. Biden had two choices when he came into office and inherited the deal, Blinken said: “ending the war or moving it.”

Blinken then pointed to the administration’s successes during the crisis.

He said that in March, just weeks after Biden took office, the State Department was asking Americans to leave the country and offering to help them do so. At the same time, he claimed, the administration worked to expedite the processing of special immigrant visas (SIVs), a typically lengthy and arduous process under the permanent law; He said that the Trump administration has done very little on this front.

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Reiterating an oft-cited refrain, Blinken said that the country’s rapid decay of the political and military situation defied all predictions. Blinken said that “even the most pessimistic prediction” did not indicate such an early collapse.

Later, Blinken was asked whether the Trump administration had left behind information about the Americans in Afghanistan or its plans for a US withdrawal.

Blaming Trump again, Blinken retorted that the administration “inherited a deadline, we didn’t inherit a plan.”

Democrats, Republicans accused

During a heated part of the debate, Rep. Joe Wilson (RSC) accused the president of lying since the situation began. Wilson cited the president’s claims that the country would not collapse for the Taliban, that there would be no Vietnam-like scenes of evacuation, and that there would be significant air support for Americans and Afghans to flee; About each of these, Wilson claimed, Biden lied.

In an equally heated response to Wilson, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) took a dig at him and other Republicans, accusing him of being “selective” in his concerns about terrorists, again the Taliban. Pointed to talks with the Trump administration.

In another showdown, Blinken was asked a question about a phone call from Biden to now-former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, obtained by Reuters. In the call, Biden is alleged to have told Ghani to lie about the seriousness of the situation. Blinken declined to comment, neither confirming nor denying the veracity of the call.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) defends the administration’s handling of the crisis. At the height of the evacuation, Sherman said, Kabul airport was experiencing a constant “stampede”.

“There is no way the administration can have an orderly or successful stampede,” Sherman ruled.

Joseph Lord is a congressional reporter for The Epoch Times focusing on Democrats. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Clemson University and was a scholar on the Lyceum program.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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