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Dem. Senator Menendez Lambastes ‘Fatally Flawed' Afghanistan Withdrawal; Rips SecDef Austin for Ditching Hearing

Added 09-14-21 11:34:02am EST - “Bob Menendez chastised the Biden Administration over the U.S.' withdrawal from Afghanistan at the top of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Dem. Senator Menendez Lambastes ‘Fatally Flawed’ Afghanistan Withdrawal; Rips SecDef Austin for Ditching Hearing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) led off Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ hearing on Afghanistan by chastising Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the rest of the Biden Administration over the U.S.’ chaotic withdrawal from the country.

Blinken appeared before the Senate committee on Tuesday after a contentious day of testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Menendez began the hearing with an opening statement as committee chairman, and he told Blinken “the execution of the U.S. withdrawal was clearly and fatally flawed.”

“There has to be accountability,” Menendez continued. “This rapid collapse laid bare a fundamental fact that successive administrations lied to the Congress over the years about the durability of Afghan military and governing institutions. And we need to understand why.”

Menendez went on by condemning the failures of previous administrations that led to current events, plus he outlined the dire consequences of the Taliban’s return to power. He prefaced his comments by saying that even though he supported withdrawing from Afghanistan, “doing the right thing in the wrong way can end up being the wrong thing.”

Menendez noted the questions that the Biden administration must answer for, and added that he was “very disappointed” that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin chose not to attend the hearing.

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