Analysis – As President Biden’s ‘Saigon on Steroids’ crisis continues to unfold in Kabul, Afghanistan, one lawmaker is demanding a probe into Biden’s mishandling of the entire disaster, calling it a ‘calamity of epic proportions.
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), who serves on the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, told the Washington Post’s ‘Power Up’ on Sunday that Team Biden’s Afghan withdrawal planning should be the subject of congressional hearings.
Meijer also strongly questioned the administration’s intelligence reports.
According to ‘Power Up,’ Meijer, who also worked in Afghanistan as a conflict analyst, said:
I think the underestimation of how long the Afghan government would hold is an intelligence failure on the level of [GW Bush’s] Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and [Obama] downplaying the rise of ISIS.
Beyond congressional hearings, we need to strongly look at Congress’s dependence on analytic products coming out of the executive branch. There were obviously dissenting voices and those were communicated on a one-off basis, but the reality when it comes to classified information and intelligence members of Congress have to beg for crumbs and then are overly reliant on the executive branch to provide assessments.
Meijer added: “Those assessments, as we saw here and with ISIS and weapons of mass destruction, are colored by political expediency.”
Referring to the chaotic emergency evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies, Meijer said: “This is a calamity of epic proportions — this is not something you can spin away.” ADN