McCarthy calls for probe into Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for a congressional probe into the Biden administration’s botched handling of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, which has led to the Taliban’s nearly complete takeover of Afghanistan, a leadership aide confirmed to The Post on Monday. 

Punchbowl News first reported that McCarthy (R-Calif.) was pushing for an investigation into how the intelligence information provided to the administration led to President Biden’s decision to rapidly bring home troops after roughly 20 years of military presence and training Afghan soldiers. Insurgents managed to capture major cities in a matter of days after the troop withdrawal, leading to bipartisan criticism of the administration’s approach to the exit. 

“How does the rest of the world look at us?” McCarthy told Punchbowl. “They like that the president doesn’t tweet, but they don’t think America is very tough.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for an investigation into President Biden’s handling of pulling troops from Afghanistan.
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U.S. soldiers walk through Afghanistan in 2013.
US soldiers walk through Afghanistan in 2013.
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McCarthy, one of former President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters in the House, largely remained quiet when Trump called for troops to be brought home from Afghanistan and the former administration’s push for a meeting with the Taliban at Camp David.  

House lawmakers were briefed on the situation by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday, but GOP lawmakers told The Post the call failed to provide adequate answers. 

“More helpful information is available on Twitter,” a GOP lawmaker said following the call. 

“Dumpster fire, cluster f–k, s–t show … whatever is fit to print. All seem like appropriate descriptions,” another senior Republican lawmaker said on the administration’s approach to the situation.  

U.S. Army soldiers seen boarding a plane in Afghanistan.
US soldiers board a plane in Afghanistan.
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Joe Biden ordered all U.S .troops tp return from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.
President Biden ordered all US troops to return from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.
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The Biden administration has admitted it did not expect the collapse of the Afghan government at such a rapid rate, but has also shifted some of the blame for the foreign policy disaster onto Trump, arguing the former administration’s policies left it in a weakened position.  

“When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor — which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019 — that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on US forces. Shortly before he left office, he also drew US forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500,” Biden said in a statement Saturday.

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