Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee said, “I am disappointed that the Biden administration clearly did not accurately assess the implications of a rapid U.S. withdrawal. We are now witnessing the horrifying results of many years of policy and intelligence failures.”
Menendez has pledged a “full accounting.” He said, “To see this army dissolve so quickly after billions of dollars in U.S. support is astounding,” Menendez added. “The American and Afghan people clearly have not been told the truth about the ANDSF’s capacity and deserve answers.”
Senate Intelligence Committee chair Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) says he is prepared to “ask tough but necessary questions about why we weren’t better prepared for a worst-case scenario involving such a swift and total collapse of the Afghan government and security forces.”
Biden Admin just admitted they had intel the Taliban would immediately take over Afghanistan
I’ve never seen a White House just publicly confirm allegations like this
While some committee chairman have critical, Democrat leadership has circled the wagons around Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was completely on board with Team Biden. She said that Biden “is to be commended for the clarity of purpose of his statement on Afghanistan and his action.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) appeared to take a swipe at Republicans saying, “those who sat silently when Donald Trump pursued a hasty U.S. withdrawal and now cry howls of outrage reek of hypocrisy.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has also defended Biden’s actions. He has issued White House talking points to Senators. During a conference call with fellow Democrats, Nancy Pelosi has urged House members to get behind Biden.
The President is to be commended for the clarity of purpose of his statement on Afghanistan and his action. The Taliban must know the world is watching its actions. We are concerned about reports regarding the Taliban’s brutal treatment of all Afghans, especially women and girls.
In addition to Senate investigations, House Foreign Affairs Chair Gregory Meeks (D-NY) has requested that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to testify “as soon as possible.”
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