Democratic senator livid about Biden admin tempo of Afghanistan evacuations


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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., angrily objected to the Biden administration’s efforts in Afghanistan, unfurling searing criticism over the tempo by which the U.S. is evacuating allies from the nation.

“I am deeply dissatisfied, in fact, downright upset with the lagging laggard efforts in evacuating Afghan allies from that country,” Blumenthal told Daily Post’ Chad Pergram after a closed-door briefing Wednesday. “I have heard nothing that reassures me that the pace or intensity will increase.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Sen. Richard Blumenthal
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Blumenthal’s feedback come after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin testified earlier than two Senate Committees in a non-public session Wednesday concerning the progress of the U.S. evacuation effort in Afghanistan. Many Republican lawmakers mentioned the briefing ought to have been open.

“It is imperative that a portion of this joint hearing be open to the public so that American families and all impacted by the botched withdrawal can hear directly from secretaries Blinken and Austin,” a letter from 18 GOP senators to the chairs of the Armed Companies Committee and the Senate Overseas Relations Committee said. 

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“We understand the importance of also having a closed portion of this hearing to discuss sensitive or classified information but cannot allow this opportunity to pass without ensuring that the American people get answers from the Biden administration,” the letter added.

Blumenthal’s feedback have been echoed by Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., who mentioned People “deserve to hear” from these answerable for the scenario in Afghanistan.

Planes are pictured at Kabul International Airport. 

Planes are pictured at Kabul Worldwide Airport. 
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“I am frustrated after today’s briefing with Secretary Austin and Secretary Blinken,” Fischer mentioned. “This briefing should have been open to the public. Instead, it took place behind closed doors, and administration officials purposefully stonewalled, limiting senators’ opportunities to ask important questions.

“Nebraskans haven’t forgotten the terrorist assault on the Kabul airport that killed one in all our personal. Nobody has been held accountable.”

The hearings come after Qatar reached an agreement with the Taliban this week to resume chartered evacuation flights out of Afghanistan for thousands of U.S. allies still stuck in the country after last year’s chaotic withdrawal, ending a pause in the evacuation effort that has now spanned nearly six months.

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The long process has caused concern among some lawmakers, with Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., telling CBS News Tuesday that the Biden administration should have to publicly answer questions about what has gone wrong.

President Biden 

President Biden 
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“It ought to be an open hearing,” Scott mentioned of Wednesday’s listening to. “The American public needs to know exactly what happened.

“We want the details. Why did we depart a lot tools behind? Why did we lose members of the army? Why was it a lot chaos?”


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