President Biden understands history when it comes to Afghanistan. He made the difficult decision to not hand over this longest of American wars to a fifth president. — Dick Durbin of Illinois, Senate Majority Whip
President Biden understands history when it comes to Afghanistan. He made the difficult decision to not hand over this longest of American wars to a fifth president. — Dick Durbin of Illinois, Senate Majority Whip

I commend the President for the action that he took. It was strong, it was decisive and it was the right thing to do. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
I commend the President for the action that he took. It was strong, it was decisive and it was the right thing to do. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Democrats ramp up oversight over Biden's Afghan withdrawal
Congressional Democrats are preparing a series of hearings on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan amid rising anger about the Biden administration’s handling of the end of the war, with the Taliban rapidly taking control and the US chaotically scrambling to evacuate Americans and vulnerable Afghan allies.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there would be a hearing in the Foreign Affairs Committee early next week, and the panel’s chairman, Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, said Tuesday he’s invited Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to testify. In the Senate, three Democratic committee chairmen have said they’re going to ask tough questions about what happened with the US withdrawal and are also expecting to hold hearings when they return from August recess.

The swift congressional pivot to oversight of the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan reflects the frustration and anger Democrats are feeling about the rapidly unfolding developments that have exposed the administration’s failure to prepare for worst-case scenarios. While most Democrats have defended President Joe Biden’s decision to end the US war – arguing that former President Donald Trump shares in the blame for his deal with the Taliban last year setting a withdrawal deadline – many have shifted from tiptoeing around criticism of the Biden administration to full-on criticism over its failing to act swiftly to get Afghan interpreters and others who helped the US military out of the country before the government fell.

... “President Biden understands history when it comes to Afghanistan. He made the difficult decision to not hand over this longest of American wars to a fifth president,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, said this week. “And had he walked away from the withdraw agreement originally negotiated by President Trump, Taliban attacks on US forces would have restarted and required yet another surge in US troops. How long were Americans willing to continue this cycle, particularly if the Afghan government wasn’t willing to fight for its own future?”

Pelosi also defended Biden’s decision. “I commend the President for the action that he took. It was strong, it was decisive and it was the right thing to do,” she told San Francisco television station KPIX on Tuesday. “Now we are unfortunately, one of the possibilities was it would be in disarray, as it is. But that has to be corrected. It’s my understanding form the assurances we have received that the military will be there negotiating with the Taliban for the safe exit of American citizens and friends, people who have helped us, our allies there.”
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