Last week, congressional hearings examining Vice President Joe Biden’s botched Afghanistan exit began. The Kabul debacle shocked and outraged Judicial Watch, as did many other Americans: the collapse of US foreign policy, the chaotic airfield scenes, the suicide bombing that killed thirteen American military personnel and scores of others, and the botched US drone strike that killed ten members of an American-friendly Afghan family, including seven children.
There was a strange sensation of déjà vu for Judicial Watch as well. This is not the first time we’ve visited this location. In Benghazi, Libya, Islamic terrorists assaulted US installations in 2012, murdering US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. It occurred while President Obama was in office and Hillary Clinton was in charge of the State Department. The Kabul calamity, in President Biden’s opinion, is a large-scale Benghazi.
In the same way that the Benghazi team outsourced security to local players with terrorist affiliations, the Biden team did the same in Libya. On the ground in Libya, it was the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, a militia that was wiped out when another militant organization, Ansar al-Sharia, launched an attack on the American diplomatic facility and the adjoining CIA installation. In Afghanistan, it was the Taliban themselves who seized control of the territory around Kabul International Airport, as well as the whole country.
The breakdown of the central administration in Kabul, like that of Benghazi, is transforming the nation into a transit point for terrorists. Officials from the United States intelligence community have said that Al Qaeda might rapidly reconstitute in Afghanistan. As recently as last week, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency predicted that Al Qaeda may “develop some capacity to at least threaten the US” within “one to two years.” The Taliban nominated Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani terrorist network and a close supporter of theirs, to the influential position of interior minister in the newly formed government. Haqqani is wanted by the FBI and is on their Most Wanted list. His followers were involved in a firefight at the presidential palace last week with non-Taliban Afghans who were vying for a position in the newly formed cabinet.
Read JW President Tom Fitton’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Benghazi and “Legislative Proposals for Fostering Transparency” here.
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