By Andrew Trunsky
Daily Caller News Foundation
Democrats in Congress are preparing multiple hearings into the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Biden administration’s handling of it as the Taliban retook the country in days, jeopardizing the safety of Americans and Afghans who helped them during the war.
Hearings are expected in the House once it returns from its August recess Monday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the Foreign Affairs Committee will hold the first one next week, while its chairman, New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, said Tuesday that he had invited Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to testify.
Top committee chairs in the Senate have also said that hearings will convene once they return on Sept. 13. Several have pointedly criticized the Biden administration over its exit strategy and underestimation of how quickly the Taliban would advance.
“In implementing this flawed plan, I am disappointed that the Biden administration clearly did not accurately assess the implications of a rapid US withdrawal,” said New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the Foreign Relations Committee chair, in a statement Tuesday. “We are now witnessing the horrifying results of many years of policy and intelligence failures.”
He added that he would soon hold a hearing on “the Trump administration’s flawed negotiations with Taliban,