Nonetheless, Afghanistan threatens to do that by itself.
そして, from a “ワシントン” point of view, late August may have been the worst possible time for the House to come back into session.
House members rolled into town in late August. There was an all-House briefing for lawmakers and separate sessions for the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif。, said that the intelligence community presented an “increasingly pessimistic” view of Afghanistan over the past six months.
“There were any number of warnings that the Taliban might take over. And some that included a very rapid takeover,” observed Schiff just after his briefing. “I think it’s also fair to say that no one predicted such a rapid collapse and complete collapse of the Afghan government forces.”
Schiff said there was “a real danger” at the airport for someone to engineer an IED and set it off in the crowd.
The bombing happened a few days later. It completely altered the equation.
Democrats were muted in their defense of the Biden Administration. Republicans were in full-throated outrage.
But some lawmakers said they knew exactly who deserved most of the blame.
“We live in a time where every politician and everybody is so tribal that they just try to say our side is not responsible. Both sides in this case are responsible,” 担当者は言った. アダムキンジンガー, R-Ill. “Republicans and Democrats have failed the American people on this.”
“I’ve called this consistently an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions,” declared Rep. マイケル・マコール, R-テキサス, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee. バイデン “will have blood on his hands. People are going to die and they are going to be left behind.”
Most lawmakers left Capitol Hill after Wednesday, 8月 25. The bombing happened on Thursday, 8月 26.
But lawmakers from both sides still devoured the Biden Administration alive after the missteps.
“The public messaging was all over the map on this,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-ウォッシュ。, to Fox News’ Bret Baier. “We should have gotten the civilians out sooner. We should have started that process in March and April.”
There were calls from Republicans to impeach President Biden. Demands that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan resign.
“There’s not going to be any impeachment,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., when speaking to the Rotary Club in Pikeville, Ky. “The President’s not going to be removed from office. It’s a Democratic House and a narrowly Democratic Senate. That’s not going to happen.”
Questions about “弾劾” over the Afghanistan debacle may face raised eyebrows in some quarters of Washington. But they may not in Pikeville. McConnell’s right. Impeachment is off the table for the 117th Congress, controlled by Democrats. Republicans believe Democrats lowered the bar for impeachment with the double impeachment of President Trump – especially the first impeachment trial in early 2020. So who knows what happens after the 2022 中間.
The Taliban is now rolling through Afghanistan. ISIS-K is now on the loose. That’s the situation in Afghanistan.
担当者. Markwayne Mullin, R-オクラホマ。, tried to go to Afghanistan on his own accord to rescue a woman and four children.
“You just don’t go ‘Rambo’ and decide to break into another country and try to extract somebody. I’ve never heard of somebody doing that. And it can cause a lot of problems,” said former Rep. ジェイソン・チャフェッツ, R-Utah.
言い換えると, heading to Afghanistan to extract people isn’t the same as a lawmaker calling up the Social Security Administration to help a constituent.
The conversation now turns to what’s ahead for the U.S. and Afghanistan – even though the U.S. is no longer in Afghanistan.
There are serious, behind-the-scenes conversations about how the U.S. could “使用する” the Taliban as a foil against ISIS-K. Think of the proverb “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” And remember that it was Congress that funneled money to the ragtag Mujahedeen in the 1980s to fight the Soviets in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan.
言い換えると, we’ve been there before.
There are other covert operations afoot – linked to Afghanistan. Those may continue for years to come.
Washington and Afghanistan are symbiotically tethered. And even though the U.S. physically left, the United States truly isn’t getting out of Afghanistan any time soon.