Lawmakers Make Surprise Flight to Afghanistan Amid Evacuations

Lawmakers Make Surprise Flight to Afghanistan Amid Evacuations

( – United States troops in Afghanistan are racing against the clock to evacuate American citizens and eligible Afghans before the August 31 withdrawal deadline. Current Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with CIA head William Burns on August 24 and rejected the idea of extending evacuation efforts into September. Meanwhile, a couple of Congress members have stirred up controversy over their decision to insert themselves into the middle of the situation.

On Tuesday, August 24, Representatives Peter Meijer (R-MI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) made an unauthorized trip to Afghanistan to observe and assess evacuation efforts firsthand. Both men served in Afghanistan and told The Hill, as veterans, they have spent the last several weeks working around the clock to get as many people out of the country as possible. According to them, “America has a moral obligation” to its citizens and those of its allies.

News of their journey stunned Washington lawmakers, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) both speaking out against the trip. Officials said the presence of the two lawmakers took time away from their urgent mission to complete evacuations.

Were the two lawmakers right to go to Afghanistan, or was it irresponsible given the distraction they allegedly created?

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