House Republicans are ready to hold President Joe Biden accountable for the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal that led to the deaths of 13 American service members, left billions of dollars of military equipment behind, and allowed the Taliban to seize control of the country.
Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., has been selected to chair the House Oversight Committee, and he has promised to investigate the withdrawal and hold those responsible accountable.
“The destructive path paved by the Biden Administration ends when Republicans have the gavel in January,” Comer said.
“We will continue our investigations into the national security threat posed by the Biden family’s influence peddling and shady business schemes, President Biden’s border crisis, COVID origins and U.S. taxpayer dollars used to fund dangerous research in Wuhan, the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, President Biden’s energy crisis, waste and mismanagement of pandemic relief funds, and more.”
Comer has already sent letters to several Biden administration officials demanding relevant documents and information about the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“It has been over a year since the Biden Administration’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal and the American people have not received any answers about this national security and humanitarian catastrophe,” Comer said.
“Under a Republican majority, the Biden Administration’s obstruction of this investigation will be met with the power of the gavel. We owe it to the American people to provide answers, transparency, and accountability.”
Gallup polling data shows that Afghanis have suffered greatly since the U.S. withdrawal, with 86% reporting that they have been unable to afford food for themselves and their families. This is not only a new record high for Afghanistan, but it also ties the world record for any country over the past 16 years.
“Biden’s ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ approach is exactly how we wound up with the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan,” said Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., a veteran. “Supporting our allies doesn’t mean blindly sending tens of billions of dollars with ZERO accountability.”