Coalition Urges Congress to Expand Scope of Afghanistan Investigations or Risk Another Disastrous War Effort

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Withdrawal chaos and the deaths of service members and civilians are “the culmination of twenty years of mismanagement and dysfunction”  

WASHINGTON, DC — Last night, a coalition of national organizations sent a letter to the leaders of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees urging them to expand the scope of their investigations into the war in Afghanistan. The letter comes in response to reports that these committees intend to focus their oversight exclusively on the recent withdrawal, and do not plan to investigate the significant issues that plagued America’s 20-year war effort in Afghanistan. Representatives from the groups offered the following statements on their efforts:

“Focusing Congress’ considerable investigatory resources on the withdrawal alone is a dangerous mistake,” said Adam Weinstein, Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute. “The American people deserve a full accounting of the 20 years of lies and bad policies—advanced by American leaders—that sustained our failed nation-building exercise and set the conditions for a chaotic withdrawal; if Congress does not interrogate the root causes of the failures in our policy toward Afghanistan, we are doomed to repeat them.”

“The veterans and military families of Common Defense applaud President Biden for ending America’s longest war,” said Naveed ShahGovernment Affairs Associate at Common Defense. “While the evacuation was messy, the road leading to the desperate, tragic situation at Hamid Karzai International Airport is 20 years long. Any investigations must take into account the two decades worth of corruption, lies, and incompetence. If we fail to learn from it, history will repeat itself.”

“Like with any military operation, there should be a thorough after-action review of how the evacuation from Kabul was conducted and there should be accountability for any legitimate failures during the execution or planning of this mission,” said Dan Caldwell, Senior Adviser at Concerned Veterans for America. “But this review should not be confined to just this last phase of the conflict. The American people deserve and demand accountability for the whole 20 years of America’s war in Afghanistan, not just the last 20 days.”

“Congress shouldn’t pretend the primary problem with the war in Afghanistan was how it ended, as opposed to how we failed for so long to remove all U.S. forces. Examine the mistakes made in exiting, but do not forget that there is no good way to exit a failed war,” said Defense Priorities Policy Director Benjamin H. Friedman. “That means investigating the years of lies and exaggerations about the progress of nation building in Afghanistan, especially those concerning the morale and capability of the Afghan security forces, and whether the failure to anticipate their rapid collapse resulted from believing this propaganda.

“Our military families deserve maximal transparency and accountability for the decisions that led us to today,” said Sarah Streyder, Executive Director of Secure Families Initiative. “Not only should that include implementation of the withdrawal, but also the policies that perpetuated two decades of suffering and loss in our community. Any investigation that does not account for that broader context will fall short.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. A full review is a home run for us. The IG report, despite its being devastating, only lasted a day in the news and the vast majority of the public knows nothing about it. That is what Israeli run US media is all about, controlling what the public not only gets to see, but also whether it has time to really absorb it. Both Repub and Dem administrations are not going to look good…Bush and Obama, with Trump playing the Joker at that end. Hopefully he will be testifying from jail.

    • Yes, they are adept at controlling what is seen and heard. For example, seen is the C-17 with people chasing it down the runway…later a ‘person’ is seen falling from it after it’s airborne (not that one can tell what it was that fell). Actuality? That was a dummy aircraft, which was easily seen if you looked closely. No wing attachment joint, no heat trail from the engines and no jet-wash bothering those around the plane. There isn’t even a fan in the engine. Blacked out windows, no access panels and then someone finds a pic of the real plane (#1109) and the differences are quite apparent. Then the pic MSM was showing of the plane with 600 aboard supposedly heading for Qattar?…is a pic from 2018, by Anadolu Agency (Turkey), showing refugees being sent back to Afghanistan from Turkey. Both these were carried by all the MSM and falsely attributed to the pullout. Even funnier, USA Today fact checked these pictures and declared them genuine…because the AF told them so. The division/chaos game is still going strong.

  2. In the short term, this withdrawal may look like a mess on public opinion in one hand, but watch out, if we look at in long term, this could be also a complex Washington’s orchestrated trap against China, Russia and Iran…

  3. America.
    What is America? The United States of America?
    Is it a “government of the people, by the people and for the people?”
    Or is something totally opposed to that ideal?
    What is any “State?”
    Aren’t they all power structures controlled and run mainly for the ruling elite, in their various social manifestations?
    It may already be too late for “America,” or maybe we’re still tottering on the precipice of total digestion by the globalist sect that seeks to devour the whole world.
    If ever times were ripe for rising against the beast, these are.
    If not, then the President should call a joint session of Congress, with mandatory attendance by the Supreme Court, and hold a solemn and formal burning of “The Declaration of Independence.”