Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which effectively ended the US’s two-decade war in the country.
He stated that there is no evidence that an extended stay would have made the Afghan security forces or Afghan government more resilient and self-sufficient. “If 20 years of support, equipment, and training, and hundreds of billions of dollar in funding, weren’t sufficient, why would another five, ten, or ten years?
It was the first time in history that Congress could question a Biden administration official about the withdrawal.
Blinken opened by praising the evacuation of Americans as well as other foreigners, noting that 124,000 people had been evacuated from Afghanistan prior to US troops leaving on August 31.
He stated that 100 more Americans wanted to leave the country.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony from the secretary on Tuesday.