Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken should resign over “indefensible” failures in Afghanistan. The South Carolina delegate to Congress made the remarks as Blinken testified before Congress during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
Wilson blasted the Biden Administration for the July 1 events that “led directly to 13 Marines murdered at Kabul” due to the administration’s “bizarre abandoning of Bagram Airfield.” The 13 U.S. soldiers died at the hands of a suicide bomber, for which ISIS-K took responsibility.
When Blinken spoke before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told him that “closing the Bagram Air Force Base would be recognized as one of the worst military decisions in American history.”
“Never in my worst nightmares would anyone conceive of such a colossal incompetence,” Paul said during the Senate hearing. He also questioned the Biden administration’s decision to send $64 million in foreign aid to Afghanistan, suggesting it is against the law.
According to him, recent history reveals that the money will very indeed be snatched by the Taliban and will not reach its intended recipients. The Biden administration argues that we’re giving it to charity to benefit the people, the poor, and women. The Taliban, on the other hand, has a track record of doing just that. During their reign, they would accept the money.
Invoking Gresham’s Law, the Kentucky Senate representative encouraged the Biden administration’s Secretary of State, “Let’s stop sending good money after bad.” Then, without missing a beat, Rand Paul posed the question to Blinken.
Blinken paused before responding, saying, “Of course, the administration is reviewing the strike, and I’m sure a thorough assessment will be forthcoming.” “So you don’t know if it was a humanitarian worker or an ISIS-K operative?” said a dubious Paul.
“I can’t speak to that, and I can’t speak to it in this setting in any case,” Blinken dodged. “So you don’t know or won’t tell us?” Paul inquired. “Uh, I don’t know, since we’re evaluating it,” said the secretary of state.
That’s when Rand Paul went off, “Well, see, you’d think you’d kinda know before you off somebody with a predator drone, whether he’s an aid worker or he’s an ISIS-K.” He further warned that Joe Biden is creating more terrorists that way, like the Obama administration did, “See, the thing is this isn’t just you. It’s been going on for administration after administration. The Obama administration droned hundreds and hundreds of people. And there is a blowback to that.”