While Secretary of State Antony Blinken was grilled by Congress over President Biden’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan he and other Democrats attempted to point the blame towards Biden’s predecessor. The House Foreign Affairs Committee is questioning Blinken over the administration’s widely regarded failed withdrawal of troops and civilians from the region after the Taliban swiftly took control.
However, rather than Blinken take responsibility for the botched plan he pointed towards Donald Trump and Democrats quickly supported his claim and defended Biden.
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“Disentangling ourselves from the war in Afghanistan was never going to be easy,” Meeks said. “And for my friends who presume a clean solution for the withdrawal existed, I would welcome hearing what exactly a smooth withdrawal from a messy, chaotic, 20-year war looks like. In fact, I’ve yet to hear the clean withdrawal option, because I don’t believe one exists.”
“They are masking their displeasure with criticism but fail to offer feasible alternatives,” he said. “Once again, we are seeing domestic politics injected into foreign policy.”
Meeks also criticized former President Donald Trump for his negotiations with the Taliban during his time in office. Meeks said that in addition to Blinken, the committee should hear from former officials in Trump’s administration, as well as the Obama and Bush administrations.
In his questioning of Blinken on Monday, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., argued that there was an ongoing “stampede” last month at the Kabul airport, where the U.S. carried out its evacuation, and that “there is simply no way the administration can have an orderly or successful stampede.”
“We inherited a deadline, we did not inherit a plan,” Blinken said regarding Trump’s initial May 1 deadline.