(RepublicanNews.org) – Afghanistan finds itself mired in chaos as the United States rushes to complete its final withdrawal of forces and equipment from the country after occupying it for nearly 20 years. President Joe Biden set a September 11 deadline for the complete withdrawal. However, the timeline moved up and now the Middle Eastern country is in crisis because of a badly executed plan. People want answers and unsurprisingly, they’re not easily forthcoming.
On Sunday, August 15, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a bipartisan conference call with top US officials to discuss the mounting crisis in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Lloyd James Austin III, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley participated in the call.
It was hardly bipartisan, though. House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) reported that Pelosi blocked her and several other Republicans from asking questions during the Q&A portion of the call. Stefanik said Pelosi lied and told participants there weren’t any other questions before ending the call.
Lots of additional R Members blocked out as well.
Texts rolling in this morning from frustrated Republican Members who were not permitted to ask questions.
All because of Lame Duck Authoritarian Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
She must know this is Joe Biden’s Saigon. https://t.co/fB2uXYAnFC
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) August 15, 2021
Stefanik told reporters she had four questions to ask Pelosi.
- How many American citizens await evacuation from Afghanistan, and when does the Pentagon expect to complete that mission?
- What steps are US officials taking to ensure the Taliban doesn’t access billions of dollars of reserves held in the Afghanistan National Bank?
- Is there any truth to rumors the US is paying the Taliban to continue its evacuation efforts?
- What assessment are the US military and intelligence services making regarding Taliban control of military equipment and capabilities abandoned during the evacuation?
As one might expect, Biden dug his heels in during a Monday afternoon press conference and said he stood behind his decision to complete the hurried withdrawal from the Middle Eastern country. He also blamed the Trump administration for his haste to complete that mission. If he can’t take responsibility for the situation today in Afghanistan, what hope is there for a better tomorrow?
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