The focus of the legislators’ attention is on the evacuation and the conclusions of the special services, who did not foresee the rapid collapse of the Afghan leadership.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a hearing on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, which ended the two-decade-long Afghan campaign-the longest war in U.S. history.
Republican lawmakers and some Democrats criticized President Biden’s actions related to the withdrawal of the U.S. military from Afghanistan and the evacuation of U.S. citizens and thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. armed forces as interpreters and consultants during the war.
This criticism has become especially acute after 13 American servicemen were killed in an explosion carried out by a suicide bomber at the Kabul airport in the last days of the withdrawal of troops.
Responsibility for the attack was claimed by a group called the Islamic State-Khorasan, which positions itself as a division of the IS.
Blinken will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.
Judging by national opinion polls, there is broad support in the United States for Biden’s decision to end what he called the “eternal war” in Afghanistan, but not for the way the withdrawal of American troops from this country was carried out.
Blinken, who heads the Department of State, apparently will have to answer questions about why the evacuation of American citizens was not started earlier, in particular – after Biden announced his intention in April to fulfill the agreement on ending the war and withdrawing American troops concluded by former President Donald Trump with the Taliban.
The lawmakers also criticize the conclusions made by the U.S. intelligence services, which did not foresee the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and the collapse of the Afghan government.
Recall that the former Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani suddenly fled the country in search of political asylum in the United Arab Emirates.
According to Republican lawmakers, they intend to focus their questions on Biden’s actions in the last weeks and days of the war. Democrats are seeking to analyze all the U.S. military efforts under four presidents-Republicans Bush Jr. and Trump and Democrats Obama and Biden.