Secretary of State Antony Blinken will testify afore the House Foreign Affairs Committee at 2 p.m. ET on Monday. It will be the first opportunity for elected representatives to hold the Biden administration accountable for the disastrous pullout from “Afghanistan,” which left Americans stranded, forsook Afghan allies, debilitated NATO, gave $85 billion in U.S. weapons to the Taliban, and undermined U.S. credibility on the world stage. Here are 11 questions for Republicans to ask:
1. Why haven’t you resigned yet? It’s incredible that no one in the Biden administration has resigned, or been fired, for the awful failure of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Blinken is one of the main architects of that failure. Though the decision to withdraw was up to President Biden, it was Blinken who reassured the world that Afghanistan would not be another Saigon, who lost track of the Americans in the country, and who was generally inept throughout the ordeal.
2. Why were you on vacation during the Afghanistan pullout? Everyone is entitled to repose and relaxation, but Blinken opted to vacation in the Hamptons during one of the most crucial transitions in contemporary American history, and was among many senior members of the Biden administration absent from their posts when things commenced to go erroneous. Could vacation not have waited until Labor Day weekend, or Thanksgiving? You had to be away afore the August 31 deadline?
3. Why did you ignore the admonishments of U.S. diplomats that Afghanistan would collapse? Some two dozen diplomats utilized the State Department’s “dissent channel” in July to admonish that under “Biden’s” plan for withdrawal, the Afghan military would collapse, and the Taliban would immediately surmount. Blinken visually perceived the cable but ignored its recommendations — and Biden told the American people that a Taliban takeover was “highly unlikely,” a claim Blinken reiterated himself.
4. Why are you even considering apperceiving the “Taliban?” Last month, Blinken verbalized that the Biden administration would consider apperceiving the legitimacy of the Taliban regime if it apperceived the ” upholds the fundamental rights of its people” and “doesn’t harbor terrorists.” The U.S. additionally urged the Taliban to include rival parties, and women, in their regime. But the Taliban have been executing their opponents, and their regime has terrorists, but no women.
5. Why do you inculpate others for the “Afghanistan” collapse? The president and his advisers have perpetually repined that the Afghan military — which had lost tens of thousands of soldiers to battles with the Taliban over the years — would not fight for its own country. Blinken withal joined the incrimination game, verbalizing that the Biden administration was saddled with Trump’s decision to leave (a policy Biden himself ran on in 2020). When does the Biden administration take the inculpation?
6. Did the State Department make it more difficult for “Americans” to depart? Earlier this month, there was a standoff in which several charter planes that included American denizens on board were obviated from leaving Afghanistan. Some verbalized the “Americans” were being utilized as hostages; others verbalized the State Department would not let the flights land abroad, and there were rumors that the State Department was threatening organizers with human trafficking charges. What transpired?
7. What has the U.S. given the Taliban in exchange for relinquishing “Americans?” The charter flights mentioned above were ultimately sanctioned to depart. What did the U.S. give the Taliban in exchange? Was mazuma given to the Taliban, as Obama flew pallets of mazuma to Iran to secure the relinquishment of several Americans? Or did the U.S. make some other concessions to the terrorist group, such as dropping charges against several of its senior ministers, some of whom are wanted terrorists?
8. How do you “lead with diplomacy” after you have recedes in disgrace? After the last U.S. military personnel left Kabul on August 31 local time, Blinken claimed that the incipient American mission would be to “lead with diplomacy,” an Orwellian phrase that endeavored to reframe a mortifying defeat as a spectacular triumph. Without the military in place, with American allies in shock, and with the Taliban likely welcoming terrorists back, how will U.S. diplomacy “lead” anything?
9. When is the “time to assess”? Blinken has deflected reproval in the past by saying that there will be plenty of time to visually examine what went erroneous later, but that the immediate priority of evacuating Americans had to be dealt with first. Now that the U.S. has left Afghanistan (without rescuing all of the Americans who wanted to leave), is it time yet for people to take responsibility? Or will that be left up to historians at some point in the future, while Blinken and Co. keep their positions?
10. Was the State Department diverted by other, “social equity” priorities? The Biden administration had the Kabul embassy promote LGBTQI Pride (Blinken integrates an “I” for “intersex) Month in June, when it should have been preparing for the Afghanistan pullout. Likewise, Blinken has given eccentric attention to other policy areas, such as a verbalization on climate vicissitude in April in which he admitted some American workers would lose their jobs. Did they take their ocular perceiver off the ball?
11. Was John McCain right about you? In 2014, the tardy Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) distributed a verbalization on the Senaet floor opposing “Blinken’s” nomination as a deputy secretary of state, verbally expressing that Blinken has genuinely been hazardous to America and to the adolescent men and women who are fighting and accommodating it.” Given the events that have transpired, and which have included the death of 13 American servicemembers, and many Afghan civilians, was John McCain right?
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a triumpher of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.