US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked tough questions for the second day in a row about the Biden administration’s plan to pull the US out of Afghanistan. The scheme has received a lot of criticism at the national and international level. Blinken, who appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, was questioned by lawmakers about the release of several American citizens, green card holders and the dangers facing Afghans trapped in that country.
The two top committee members, Bob Menendez, a Democratic Party member from New Jersey and James Risch, a Republican from Idaho, both called the return a defeat in their opening speeches. Committee chairman Menendez said the withdrawal was ‘clearly fatal and flawed.’ Menendez has generally been supportive of President Joe Biden’s foreign policy. But this time he raised questions on many aspects of foreign policy.
‘The comeback was a disappointing failure,’ Risch said. Blinken again blames the Trump administration for the February 2020 peace deal with the Taliban. He said Biden’s hands were tied. In addition, 15 Taliban took control of Afghanistan due to the rapid and unexpected collapse of the Afghan government and security forces.
“As of January 2021, the Taliban were at their strongest position since 9/11 and we had the fewest troops in Afghanistan since 2001. If President Biden did not fulfill the promise of the President before him, attacks would have started on our army and our allies, and the Taliban would attack major cities of Afghanistan. In such a situation, more American troops would have to be sent so that the Taliban could be stopped. Due to this this crisis will always remain.