U.S. Secretary of State Blincol attends a congressional hearing, calling the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan the “right decision”
China News Service, Washington, September 13 (Reporter Sha Hanting) US Secretary of State Blincol attended the hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives on the 13th local time on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Brinken defended the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan at the hearing, saying it was a “correct decision.”
p > Brinken attended the hearing online on the same day. In the face of criticism from Republican lawmakers, Blincoln said that the Biden administration “inherited the deadline for withdrawal from the Trump administration, but did not inherit the withdrawal plan.” Brinken said that it was the Trump administration and the Taliban in Afghanistan that reached an agreement to complete the withdrawal on May 1 this year in exchange for the Taliban to stop attacking US troops. Brinken also emphasized that ending the 20-year war is the “right decision.”
For Republican lawmakers criticizing the final withdrawal process as “disaster” and “disgrace”, Blinken said that even the “most pessimistic assessment” at the time did not predict that the Afghan government would collapse so quickly. He also said that although “the evacuation is more difficult than imagined”, it was finally completed and 124,000 people were successfully evacuated.
Blinken also said that it is currently difficult to determine how many Americans remain in Afghanistan. It is estimated that there are about 100 American citizens, in addition to thousands of green card holders.
Republican congressmen lashed out at the withdrawal that day, and many Republican congressmen said Brinken should be responsible for this. Republican Congressman Steve Chabot said that the withdrawal plan was “full of fatal flaws and was badly executed at the same time,” and Brinken should resign.
Another Republican congressman, Adam Kinsinger, said that both the Trump administration and the Biden administration should be held responsible for this “withdrawal disaster.” Did not do a good job of implementation”.
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Democrat Gregory Meeks defended the withdrawal, saying that “withdrawing from the chaotic 20-year war is not an easy task,” but he also admitted that bye The Deng government’s troop withdrawal could have been “done better”.
U.S. President Biden announced in July this year that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31. Subsequently, the situation in Afghanistan took a turn for the worse. On August 15, the Taliban entered and took control of the capital, Kabul, before the U.S. military’s evacuation was completed. The hasty withdrawal of the Biden administration and its misjudgment of the situation have been criticized by members of Congress and public opinion. (End)