House Committee Investigates Biden Admin’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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( – On March 8, the House Foreign Affairs Committee officially opened up its public investigation into 2021, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to The Hill.

During the hearing last week, lawmakers heard the accounts of people who were present during the messy evacuation, as well as from those in the U.S. who were attempting to provide assistance to the U.S. Afghan allies who were trying to escape the country. The evacuation lasted two weeks, and the chaos that unfolded made headlines long after it was over.

Chair Michael McCaul (R-Texas), compared the situation to “Schindler’s List,” stating that those on it emerged with their lives, while those who weren’t on the list did not. He said that tens of thousands of Afghan families and allies were unable to flee the country following the withdrawal. He proceeded to say that what took place in Afghanistan was the “systemic breakdown of the federal government at every level,” and it displayed a complete failure by Biden and those in his cabinet.

This first look at the withdrawal was predominantly shared from the viewpoint of veterans, according to The Hill. This resulted in many Afghan communities feeling unheard. However, the focus and concern was mainly related to the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and in continuing to provide aid to people in need.

Scott Mann and France Hoang, both individuals who have worked with groups dedicated to evacuating Afghan allies and US citizens, spoke with the committee about their attempts to organize charter flights for the removal of U.S. allies from the country.

Hoang, who was evacuated from Vietnam as a child, said that citizens were the ones to take action by using all the digital tools available. He said at the time, they were receiving requests from officials, agencies, and congressional offices who needed help moving allies out of Afghanistan. He added that as private citizens they were being asked to help instead of having government assistance. Meanwhile, Mann accused the US government of breaking its promise and abandoning people.

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