In the US House of Representatives, where the Republicans took over the majority after the midterm elections in November 2022, the Foreign Relations Committee held the first session on how President Joe Biden’s administration handled the evacuation of US troops from Afghanistan.
Committee Chairman, Republican McCaul, said that when the Taliban entered Kabul in 2021, they witnessed heartbreaking scenes of the Biden administration’s breaches of duty. “Amid the chaos that developed in Kabul in August 2021, the US State Department was almost useless,” McCaul said. used the phrase.
Stating that the US did not keep its promise to do its best for those left behind and its evacuated Afghan allies, McCaul argued that the void left by the US State Department was filled by voluntary organizations created by ex-soldiers.
“What happened in Afghanistan was a systemic collapse of the federal government at all levels and a stunning leadership failure of the Biden administration,” McCaul said. used the phrase. Noting that more than 1,000 American citizens remain in Afghanistan, McCaul said that there are also about 200,000 Afghan allies that the United States promised to rescue.
Democrat Gregory Meeks, on the other hand, defended the view that Biden’s decision to withdraw the US from Afghanistan was correct. On the other hand, Meeks stated that the evacuation and resettlement processes of Afghans collaborating with the USA were not carried out flawlessly and stated that not only the White House but also the Congress had a responsibility in this process.