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GOP lawmakers start investigation into humiliating Afghanistan defeat

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This picture shows US Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) arriving at a closed hearing of Senate Armed Services Committee September 14, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

Republican senators have introduced legislation to launch an investigation into America’s humiliating military defeat in Afghanistan. 

The legislation was introduced on Tuesday by Republican Senators Rick Scott (Fla.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Kevin Cramer (ND), Thom Tillis (NC), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Steve Daines (MT), and Mike Braun (Ind.) aims to establish a joint select committee consisting of 12 lawmakers to conduct a full investigation and compile a joint report on the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan.

If approved, the bipartisan committee consisting of lawmakers from the House and Senate will conduct a full investigation into the Biden administration’s "failed and tragic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan that stranded hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines, left billions of dollars in US military equipment in the hands of terrorists and took the lives of more than a dozen American servicemen."

“Last month, President Biden’s misguided and dangerous decisions in his botched withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan led to the United States' most stunning, unforced and humiliating defeat in decades,” Scott said in the statement announcing the move.

Scott noted, “13 US service members were lost, billions of dollars of US military equipment was left for the Taliban, hundreds of American citizens were stranded behind enemy lines and Afghanistan has been returned to the Taliban and now rests in the hands of the same terrorist-coddling extremists who ruled it on September 11, 2001.”

Hawley added, “The Biden Administration has purposefully obscured the facts around their botched Afghanistan withdrawal that killed 13 American service members and left hundreds of Americans stranded behind enemy lines.”

“The American people deserve answers and the Biden administration seems determined to prevent us from getting them," Hawley noted.


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