GOP senators grill Secy. of State Blinken over Biden’s Afghan fiasco

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing to examine the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan on Capitol Hill on September. 14, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jabin Botsford – Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:03 PM PT – Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken scrambled to defend Joe Biden’s failed Afghan withdrawal during a second day of his two day testimony on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, Republican senators expressed concerns that the Taliban could pose a greater threat due to Biden’s decision to abandon U.S. military equipment in Afghanistan.

“Earlier in this hearing you said about that equipment, quote, ‘none of it poses a strategic threat to us or their neighbors,’” Sen. Ted Cruz stated (R-Texas). “That does not pass the laugh test.”

Just like Jimmy Carter owns the disaster of the Iran Hostage Crisis, Joe Biden and his administration own the disaster in Afghanistan.

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 14, 2021

In addition. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised an issue of civilian casualties of Joe Biden’s recent airstrike in Kabul.

Paul: “You don’t know if he’s an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?”

Blinken: “I can’t speak to that and I can’t speak to that in this setting in any event.”

Paul: “So, you don’t know or won’t tell us?”

Blinken: “I don’t know because we’re reviewing it.”

Paul: “Well, you’d think you’d kind of know before you off somebody with a predator drone, whether he’s an aid worker or an ISIS-K.”

GOP senators also questioned Blinken about reports stating the State Department may have mishandled the evacuations of U.S. civilians from Kabul, which the secretary denied.

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