State Secretary Antony Blinken on Tuesday tried to parry bipartisan congressional criticism of the Biden administration’s Afghan withdrawal, as new intelligence estimates warned that al-Qaeda could soon again use Afghan soil to plan attacks on the United States.
Blinken’s attempts to face tough congressional interrogations from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a second day were unsuccessful.
A day earlier for the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign AffairsBlinken was criticized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for his handling of the withdrawal and preparations.
Even those who sympathize with President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s longest-running conflict by withdrawing from Afghanistan, after twenty years of war, expressed concern and disappointment at the number of Americans and green-back holders. Map of Afghanistan and the risky Afghans who were left behind during Kabul’s chaotic and hasty evacuation.
Blinken, who testified only three days before the 20th anniversary the September 11 2001 attacks that led the US invasion in Afghanistan, said that intelligence officials had given a dire estimate that al-Qaeda could use Afghan territory to threaten America within a day. . .
“The implementation of the US withdrawal has been manifestly and fatally flawed,” said D-New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who has generally supported Biden’s foreign policy but has objected to several aspects of it, including afghanistan.
Menendez said that “This committee expects to get a full explanation about the decisions made by this administration on Afghanistan since its inception last January.” “Accountability is essential.”
The top Republican on this committee, Senator Jim Risch from Idaho, said that the withdrawal was “a dismal failure.”
He, along with nearly all his Republican colleagues, accused the government “incompetence”. This has led to the deadly attack on US troops in Afghanistan and civilians in Afghanistan at Kabul’s airport. Many are still struggling.
Blinken attempted to avoid criticism, insisting that the government had done its very best in extremely chaotic and difficult circumstances.
Blinken once again blamed Trump’s administration for the Taliban-Taliban peace deal of February 2020. He said it had tied Biden’s hand, and the sudden collapse of Afghanistan’s government, security forces and government that resulted in the Taliban takeover of 15 October. August.
Blinken stated that even the most pessimistic predictions did not foresee Kabul’s government forces crumbling while US forces would continue to exist. They were more concerned with what would happen following the September withdrawal of the United States.
Blinken stated that the government would arrest the Taliban who were protected by Osama Bin Laden and other top members of the al-Qaeda network during the 9/11 attacks. Their promises to not allow Afghanistan to be used again for terrorist activities and their reception and protection of Osama bin Laden are still valid. attacks. to attack.
Experts believe that the Taliban have ties with al-Qaeda. The group found refuge in Afghanistan after 9/11. Blinken said that the Taliban still had ties to the group, even though he was not asked directly about intelligence agencies’ assessments.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been heavily criticized from both sides for not doing enough and not acting fast enough to get people out of the country after the Taliban took control of Kabul and strengthened their grip on the country before the withdrawal of the US on Aug. 30.