9/14/2021 9:43:58 AM
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The US top diplomat appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to justify the Biden administration’s chaotic handling of withdrawal from the war-ravaged country.
“We will continue to help Americans – and Afghans to whom we have a special commitment – depart Afghanistan if they choose,” Blinken told the Democratic-controlled House. “There is no deadline to this mission.”
The Democratic administration of President Joe Biden is being grilled by the fellow liberals as well as minority Republicans as the US struggles to justify its defeat in Afghanistan after two decades of war, which failed in the face of Taliban’s return to power.
Blinken will also be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, trying to distance themselves from the defeat and highlight the Biden administration’s role in the US embarrassment thousands of miles away.
“My working hypothesis was that most of the dysfunction we saw was the result of State Department leadership — or lack thereof — rather than the Pentagon. But I don’t think that means the Pentagon gets a pass on investigation from Congress,” said GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin.