Washington — Rep. Mike McCaul, the highest Republican on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee, criticized the White Home and State Division for the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan one yr in the past, saying “there was no plan” for pulling in a foreign country.
“There are numerous sins, if you’ll,” McCaul mentioned in an interview with “Face the Nation.” “There was a whole lack and failure to plan. There was no plan and there was no plan executed. And, to your level, you already know, even beforehand, I believe the State Division most likely did not have the assets it wanted to hold out an evacuation of this dimension and enormity.”
The Texas lawmaker mentioned the findings of a report set to be launched Monday by the Republican members of the Home Overseas Affairs Committee. McCaul described it as a “pretty goal report in regards to the failures that have been made” by the Biden administration within the runup to the withdrawal.
The report’s launch coincides with the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s swift takeover of Kabul and the fleeing of then-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from the nation. The failure of the Biden administration to anticipate the Taliban’s speedy rise fueled criticism of President Biden, who repeatedly defended his timeline for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Aug. 31, 2021, ahead of the Sept. 11 deadline he beforehand set.
The autumn of Kabul additionally set off a chaotic rush of Afghans making an attempt to flee the nation beneath Taliban rule. With the U.S. army controlling the primary airport within the capital for evacuations, scores of Afghans descended on the gates surrounding it, hoping to board army planes shuttling individuals in a foreign country.
By the point theon Aug. 30, 2021, marking the official finish of America’s longest battle, greater than 122,000 individuals had been evacuated from Afghanistan because the finish of July 2021, together with 5,400 Americans. Secretary of State Antony Blinken estimated on the time that fewer than 200 Individuals remained within the nation.
The State Division estimates there are 74,000 weak Afghans who’ve utilized for particular immigrant visas and are ready to depart the nation.
McCaul mentioned the State Division was “overwhelmed” by the scale of the evacuation. However the largest difficulty, he mentioned, was the “rosy image” painted by the White Home and State Division, even because the Pentagon and intelligence neighborhood have been warning that the Afghan authorities might collapse ahead of anticipated.
“There is a disconnect between, you already know, intelligence on the bottom and what the White Home is doing,” he mentioned. “On this report, it says all of it, like, ‘There is not any means we will evacuate embassy personnel from helicopters like we did in Vietnam.’ And naturally, we all know that occurred.”
McCaul additionally pointed to the choice to show down a proposal from the Taliban for the U.S. army to take duty for securing Kabul.
“Take into consideration what that may have modified,” he mentioned. “We had relied on the Taliban to safe the perimeter of [Hamid Karzai International Airport]. That led to the chaos. It additionally led to a suicide bomber that killed 13 service members, women and men, and injured over a whole bunch of individuals. And it might have been prevented.”
The Texas Republican defended the intelligence neighborhood and the Pentagon for accurately assessing the autumn of the Afghan army and Taliban’s takeover.
“The issue was the White Home and State Division placing their head within the sand, not desirous to consider what they have been saying, and subsequently not adequately planning,” he mentioned.
McCaul mentioned the U.S. broke its promise to 1000’s of scores of Afghans who assisted U.S. troops through the battle.
“The ladies left behind is the worst of this whole story. I bought 4 busloads of little women from music college out, however the Schindler’s Checklist, you already know, in the event you’re on the record, you are going to dwell in the event you’re not on the record, you are most likely going to die,” he mentioned. “100 thousand Afghan companions left behind — keep in mind what we mentioned, we’ll shield you. That was our promise to them, nobody left behind, and we left them behind to the mercy of the Taliban, and now they’re being tortured and killed.”
The Biden administration is poised to difficulty its personal report on the withdrawal, and has offered greater than 150 briefings to lawmakers and workers on Afghanistan addressing an array of matters. Blinken, too, has testified twice in hearings particularly targeted on Afghanistan, whereas senior State Division officers have briefed the Home Overseas Affairs Committee on the difficulty, answering questions from its Democratic and Republican members.