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GOPers demand Biden answer for Afghan collapse on Kabul fall anniversary, accused administration of spending 12 months “misleading the American people to avoid accountability.”

GOPers demand Biden answer for Afghan collapse on Kabul fall anniversary, accused administration of spending 12 months “misleading the American people to avoid accountability.”

House Republicans promised Monday that they would get answers from the White House about last year’s disastrous military pullout from Afghanistan, accusing the Biden administration of spending the last 12 months “misleading the American people to avoid accountability.”

In an op-ed published by Fox News on the anniversary of the Taliban reconquering Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, the lawmakers — led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — said the White House “has stonewalled congressional requests for information and continues to deny the American public, and especially Afghanistan war veterans, much-needed answers on how the ​​withdrawal unraveled into unmitigated chaos, and ultimately caused a reemergence of al Qaeda in the heart of Afghanistan.”

​”​This is a failure of leadership and an abdication of the responsibilities of the commander-in-chief,” added the Republicans, including Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rep. Michael McCaul slammed Biden over claiming last year that al Qaeda was “gone” from Afghanistan.

House Republicans promised Monday that they would get answers from the White House about last year’s disastrous military pullout from Afghanistan.

The blast came as GOP members of the panel prepare to release an interim report examining what they called “catastrophic flaws” in the administration’s pullout plan that led to the Taliban reassuming power in war-torn Afghanistan and al Qaeda resuming its nefarious activities under fundamentalist protection.

​McCaul and the Republicans pointed out Monday that although President Biden claimed last year that al Qaeda was “gone” from Afghanistan, the terror group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in a missile strike earlier this month while standing on the balcony of a Kabul home.

“This not only underscores the extent of the Biden administration’s failures in Afghanistan, but is evidence that Afghanistan is once again becoming a haven for terrorists,” the GOP members write, arguing that while a “sound plan” to draw down the US military presence would have protected American citizens and their Afghan allies, “the Biden administration’s inept withdrawal a year ago was disgraceful, disastrous, and deadly.”

“Hundreds of American citizens were abandoned by their own country behind enemy lines, relying on personal contacts to help get them out,” they write. “Billions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied military equipment and weapons, given to the Afghan government, is now unaccounted for and in the possession of the Taliban and other bad actors.

“The Taliban brutally beat and murdered innocent civilians. Desperate Afghans clung to departing C-17s only to fall to their deaths. The confusion and chaos caused by the Biden administration led to the tragic murder of 13 American service members – the single deadliest day for American forces in Afghanistan since 2011,” the GOP members added.

Republicans have vowed to make the Afghanistan pullout one of several issues over which they will scrutinize the White House if they regain control of Congress in this November’s midterm elections.

According to members of the GOP, the White house has been “stonewalling” Republican’s who want answers.

Soldiers help a woman across a canal in order for her to reach the safety of Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 25, 2021.
Soldiers help a woman across a canal in order for her to reach the safety of Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 25, 2021.
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The GOP report, which is due to be published in full this week, “will highlight the numerous deficiencies regarding the withdrawal, including the arbitrary timeline, a refusal to heed the advice of military personnel, misleading statements made publicly by administration officials, the refusal to secure Kabul, the lack of a meaningful vetting process for individuals looking to leave Afghanistan, and the lack of an accounting of the U.S. military equipment left behind for Taliban use,” the lawmakers promised.

They also said the report will show that more information is needed to determine the timeline for the withdrawal, how decisions were made in the White House, why troops were pulled out before civilians were evacuated, why Bagram Air Base was abandoned and what the administration promised the Taliban.

“We must restore trust with our citizens and allies by achieving transparency in the grave errors that led to the horrendous withdrawal,” they said. “House Republicans, if given the opportunity to hold the majority next Congress, will demand answers, hold open hearings, and ultimately provide the American people with the transparency they deserve.”

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