As the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan began to go wrong, the White House prepared for a barrage of congressional inquiries. A suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed 13 American soldiers, and Afghans also died after falling from airplanes.
Until now, the White House had never had to deal with a strong opposition. The investigations into the situation in Afghanistan have been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Joe Biden's son, Hunter.
Even though Democrats in Congress have the right to investigate the situation in Afghanistan, the White House has dismissed the allegations against Hunter Biden as a witch hunt. Americans aren't concerned about his business dealings, but they would be outraged if the same allegations were made about the withdrawal.
An investigation into the situation in Afghanistan could begin before Biden's reelection campaign begins in the following year. After the withdrawal in August 2021, Biden's approval ratings took a hit. It could also reveal troubling details about the treatment of American interpreters in the country.
Some members of the Biden team are worried that information about the situation in Afghanistan could be leaked to the press. These individuals spoke on condition of anonymity.
The White House is also relieved that members of both parties have already conducted their own investigations into the matter. They believe that no hearings will result in major revelations. Some of the officials who have testified about the withdrawal include Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin.
House Republicans, who are in charge of various committees, have the power to issue subpoenas. They have stated that they intend to conduct an investigation on Afghanistan.
The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan was a key campaign promise of Biden. He argued that the mission in the country was no longer necessary after nearly two decades of war. The president noted that the operation had become an expensive and fruitless exercise.
The withdrawal of American forces surprised many observers. The Afghan government, which was supported by the U.S., immediately collapsed after the withdrawal started, sending terrified civilians to Kabul. Thousands of people were evacuated, but many others were still left behind.
Despite the mistakes that they made, the officials from the White House believe that the decision to withdraw was a wise one. They also noted that they have learned from their mistakes.
The White House noted that the death of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who was the leader of al-Qaeda, was a significant accomplishment for the US. Although it occurred in a different world, it highlighted the country's ability to carry out counterterrorism operations even without having troops on the ground.
A spokesperson for the Defense Department noted that Austin and other officials have testified about the situation in Afghanistan in closed and open hearings. The department values the role that Congress plays in overseeing the country's war. It will continue working with the House and Senate to address national security issues.
A State Department official stated that the agency has been in touch with Congress about Afghanistan more than 150 times this year. They expect to continue talking to the new Congress next year.
The Pentagon promised to conduct its own investigation regarding the incident. However, it has not released the results of the review.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The Daily Cable.