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Washington DC, NJ Congressman Van Drew issued the following statement on the current situation in Afghanistan, “President Biden’s decision to simply hand Afghanistan back to the Taliban after almost twenty years to the day since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, will go down as one of the most shocking and embarrassing failures of leadership in American history,” said Congressman Van Drew. “It is a slap in the face to not only our NATO allies and the Afghan people who stood shoulder to shoulder with us in the fight for Freedom, but to the thousands of Americans and coalition forces who sacrificed their lives and limbs to defeat the Taliban and liberate Afghanistan in the first place. Whether it is China, Russia, North Korea, or Iran – friend and foe alike are taking notice of the Biden Administration’s weakness and will only be emboldened in the days, weeks, and months to come.”
The Biden administration is about to face a grilling from both the House and Senate over the bungled U.S. exit from Afghanistan, where the Taliban’s quick advances caught key officials off guard.
President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by a September 11th deadline, the president told reporters in July that it remains “highly unlikely” the Taliban take control of the country.
Congress could kick off its efforts to question President Biden’s team as soon as next week, when the House will briefly return from its weeks-long summer recess for a few days before heading back out of town until late September.
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sent Biden a letter on Wednesday requesting a briefing or call next week for the “Gang of Eight”—the top four congressional leaders and top members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has requested three briefings: One unclassified briefing via telephone for all House members on Friday, an in-person classified briefing for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and a “Gang of Eight” briefing, that is in the works but still being finalized, according to a Pelosi aide.
Meanwhile most voters aren’t buying President Joe Biden’s attempt to shift the blame for the Taliban’s sudden takeover of Afghanistan.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters say Biden is more to blame for the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, while 38% say former President Trump is more to blame. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)