House Republicans Launch Investigation of Biden’s Disastrous Withdrawal from Afghanistan (multipart post)

Original article.
February 18, 2023 9:50 pm by Mike LaChance

Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan was a pivotal moment in his presidency. His poll numbers went down immediately and have never really recovered.

The American people were horrified by how it was handled and then things got worse when innocent American soldiers were killed in a bombing at the airport.

Now Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are finally launching an investigation of the withdrawal.

Townhall reports:

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House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation of Biden’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan

“The Biden Administration was tragically unprepared for the Afghanistan withdrawal and their decisions in the region directly resulted in a national security and humanitarian catastrophe,” Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said in a statement on Friday.

“U.S. servicemen and women lost their lives, Americans were abandoned, taxpayer dollars are unaccounted for, the Taliban gained access to military equipment, progress for Afghan women was derailed, and the entire area is now under hostile Taliban control,” Comer continued. “The American people deserve answers and the Biden Administration’s ongoing obstruction of this investigation is unacceptable.”

The Biden administration has previously withheld information from Republican members of the House Oversight Committee while Democrats controlled the lower chamber. But now that Republicans have their majority, the president and his administration won’t be able to avoid answering questions or turning over documents.

“With the power of the gavel, Oversight Republicans are determined to provide answers, transparency, and accountability,” Comer pledged of his committee’s newest investigation into the Biden administration. “Every relevant department and agency should be prepared to cooperate and provide all requested information. The American people expect nothing less,” Comer added.

This is the right thing to do.

The American people deserve to know why this was handled so badly.

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Three Small Details in Photo of First Taliban-Trained Pilots Could Be Damning for Biden

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February 19, 2023 7:15 am by Peter Partoll, The Western Journal

It’s been a year and a half since the Biden administration’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, and a new photo released by the Taliban is rubbing salt in the wound.

When the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021, it left a staggering amount of military equipment in the country to be used by the Taliban, including hundreds of aircraft.

Now it seems that the Taliban is putting those abandoned aircraft to good use.

Last week, the Taliban released a photo of three pilots who had just completed their training. According to journalist Asaad Sam Hanna, these men are the Taliban’s “first three pilots in Afghanistan.”

At first glance, this picture seems quite humorous. The barefoot pilot, what looks like a Christmas tree in the background, the rather workaday setting, and the pilots’ garb give the impression that this is not exactly a cutting-edge or elite air force.

But if you look a little closer, there are three small details that make all the difference to the Biden administration.

The certificates the three men are holding have images of what appear to be MD-530 helicopters, which were used by the U.S. in Afghanistan. According to the BBC, the U.S. military abandoned some of them in Kabul.

If those are indeed MD-530s on the certificates, it is a pretty safe assumption that the Taliban is training in captured U.S. helicopters and intends on actually using them for military purposes.

Now, this image is not really a cause for alarm. The Taliban “air force” is not going to be much of a threat when compared to the might of the U.S. Air Force.

But that is not the point here. The point is that this photo is a further reminder to Biden and to the American people of just how embarrassing the withdrawal from Afghanistan was.

We left the country after 20 years there in disorganized, deadly fashion and lost everything we had worked so hard to achieve. The army that we had spent years and millions of dollars training crumpled in a matter of days, and we abandoned not only military supplies but many Afghans who had been our allies against the Taliban.

Now, the very same group that we fought to remove from the country is back in power, almost as if nothing had ever happened, and they are using our own military hardware to enforce their brutal regime.

These three new pilots will likely use captured U.S. equipment to terrorize the Afghan people into submission.

History will remember this moment as a massive embarrassment for the Biden administration and for America at large. The country that was once the mightiest in the world became the laughingstock of the world overnight.

This photo is a painful reminder of just how far the United States has fallen under the leadership of an incompetent president.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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