Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Monday on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which effectively ended the U.S.’ two-decade-long war in the country.
He said that there is no evidence that staying longer would make the Afghan security force or Afghan government more resilient or sustainable. “If twenty years and hundreds of millions of dollars in support and equipment did not suffice, then why would another year or five or ten?
It was the first time in history that Congress could question a Biden administration official about the withdrawal.
Blinken, in his opening statement, praised the evacuations of Americans and foreign nationals as an “extraordinary effort” and pointed out that 124,000 Afghans were evacuated from Afghanistan by airlift before U.S. troops left August 31.
He stated that approximately 100 additional Americans wanted to leave the country.
Tuesday is the scheduled testimony of the secretary before Senate Foreign Relations Committee.