Two Republican congressmen have introduced articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives against Secretary of State Antony Blinken, citing “failures of planning, execution, and leadership in Afghanistan.”
Reps. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) on Friday blamed Blinken for the “loss of American lives” and endangerment of “countless other American and allied lives” after a suicide bomb attack at Kabul’s international airport killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans. An Afghanistan affiliate of ISIS took credit for the blast, which killed more than 100 people in total.
The terrorist attack and American casualties were the latest developments in what Harris called an “unmitigated catastrophe” in Afghanistan after President Joe Biden’s administration began withdrawing U.S. troops from the region. Biden’s officials were caught by complete surprise on Aug. 15 when the Taliban seized the capital Kabul and the Western-backed Afghan government and army collapsed, placing the Islamic militants in control of the country. . .
The articles of impeachment single out the State Department for promising in April that the American Embassy in Kabul could be kept open and operational for more than 1,400 American citizens in Afghanistan after U.S. troops completed their planned withdrawal, and then failing to keep that promise.
“Secretary Blinken has failed to faithfully uphold his oath and has instead presided over a reckless abandonment of our nation’s interests, security, and values in his role in the withdrawal of American forces and diplomatic assets from Afghanistan,” the articles of impeachment state. (Read more from “House Republicans Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Secretary of State Blinken” HERE)
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