#USA Top Republican demands a Congressional committee dedicated to chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal #USNews

#USA Top Republican demands a Congressional committee dedicated to chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal #USNews

#USA Top Republican demands a Congressional committee dedicated to chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal #USNews

Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Readiness on the House Armed Services Committee, spoke with DailyMail.com by on Friday

Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, the rating member of the Subcommittee on Readiness on the House Armed Services Committee, spoke with DailyMail.com by on Friday

Nearly a 12 months after the final US soldier left Afghanistan, a House Republican who served on the bottom within the war-torn nation is asking for a Congressional committee to get to the underside of the Biden administration’s withdrawal.

Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, the primary Green Beret to serve in Congress, informed DailyMail.com throughout an unique interview that he believes the White House and its Democrat allies have swept the controversial operation and its ensuing fallout ‘under the rug.’

‘I want a committee dedicated to it. Exactly where that committee will be housed is still under discussion. But it needs to have oversight – this is the part that I think is critical – it must have oversight of the Defense Department, the intelligence community and the State Department,’ Waltz mentioned.

He mentioned it was clear to him, as a member of the Armed Services Committee, that the Biden administration needs to transfer on 12 months after dealing with bipartisan criticism over the operation.

‘I mean, that’s obvious. And I think Democrats in Congress want it swept under the rug. I mean, we’ve seen, what, one hearing…Armed Services Committee, and then one in Foreign Affairs…that was determined that it’d be classified, so it was closed,’ Waltz mentioned. ‘I think it’s disgraceful and it’s – it’s unbecoming, and the families deserve better.’

Among these he’s in search of accountability for are the kinfolk of the 13 service members who had been killed on August 26 final 12 months when a suicide bomber set off an explosion exterior of Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Waltz accused the Biden administration of trying to sweep the Afghanistan withdrawal and its fallout 'under the rug' over the last 12 months

Waltz accused the Biden administration of attempting to sweep the Afghanistan withdrawal and its fallout ‘beneath the rug’ during the last 12 months 

‘No officials have been fired. Not one. Nobody’s relieved. Nobody’s resigned. No one’s taken accountability or responsibility. But I think the thing that really, you know that they feel like it’s just a slap in the face is to have Biden standing before the world saying this was an outstanding success,’ Waltz mentioned of the households.

‘It’s going to be accountability for them. It’s going to be my mission for sure in launching those investigations.’

And if Republicans take again the bulk within the House of Representatives in November, the congressman vowed their probes would go additional than the recently-created Afghanistan War Commission.

The newest protection spending invoice, referred to as the National Defense Authorization Act, mandates the creation of a Congressionally-approved panel to research the 20-year struggle in its entirety.

But Waltz joins a litany of his fellow Republicans who imagine it’s over-broad.

‘I could fill a warehouse with think tank reports and studies and commissions on what went wrong in the war,’ he mentioned. ‘We need a focused look at the withdrawal debacle.’

A committee to investigate the withdrawal effort would have to have oversight over the State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community, Waltz said

A committee to examine the withdrawal effort would have to have oversight over the State Department, Pentagon and intelligence neighborhood, Waltz mentioned

He added that the fee’s December 2024 deadline for a closing report seems ‘convenient’ – taking place simply after the presidential election.

‘It’s a classic Washington playbook. Form a commission, take a year to do it, you know, not have a report due for another three years after it’s formed, which, you know, just puts it completely on the backburner,’ Waltz mentioned.

‘These Gold Star families have already waited a year for any kind of answers. Now we want them to wait another three? It’s insulting.’

In the meantime, Waltz demanded that the US cease sending support {dollars} to Afghanistan’s Taliban-controlled authorities and known as for persevering with relations with the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan.

The army veteran additionally steered the creation of a ‘contingency plan’ to take again Bagram Air Base from the Taliban within the occasion of an imminent menace or ‘strike on the homeland.’

‘It’s dedication to preserve the belongings within the Middle East, that they are going to want to do that long run,’ Waltz mentioned. ‘I can’t get into the details of it, but we’ve seen the opposite of that.’

President Biden launched a assertion on Friday memorializing the 13 service members who had been killed within the Kabul airport assault. 

He remarked on the two,461 lives misplaced throughout the 20-year battle and commemorated the bravery of those that served, however didn’t provide any perception on his views of the struggle.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House for remark.

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