A US lawmaker, Darrell Issa, said the Biden Administration’s narrative of unpreparedness for the country’s sudden collapse in 2021 was rebuked in a dissent cable.
Issa, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Fox News he was the first committee member to view the dissent channel cable from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and Washington’s response.
According to Fox News, Issa, a House Foreign Affairs Committee member, was claimed to be the first committee member to see the cable from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that sparked controversy and the government’s response.
“What we saw was their prediction, with great accuracy, of exactly what would happen and what the outcome would be if they did not change their directions,” the congressman said. “We saw a response from the office of the State Department saying, ‘We hear you, and we agree we do not take it lightly.’ And then, obviously, we know what they did and did not do, which was totally insufficient for the warning that was given.”
“They redacted the specific names, but we now know that many of them were senior executive surrogates, meaning people that are paid at the highest level in the State Department,” he continued. “They knew and understood that there was no way that the Afghan military was going to defend successfully. They did not disagree with that, and as a result, they knew that Kabul would fall within weeks, that the Taliban would do what they have done.”
Suicide bombers killed 183 people, including 13 American service personnel, on August 26, 2021, during the U.S. military’s mass evacuation at the Kabul airport. The United States responded by launching two drone strikes against alleged ISIS-K terrorists, one of which resulted in the deaths of 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children.
Immediately after the Afghanistan fiasco, critics called for the resignation of Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, but no one was fired.
On the other hand, the current regime of Kabul was also blamed for not abiding by what was agreed in the Doha agreement. They restricted women’s rights, including education and working with aid agencies.
These incidents have brought the country to the verge of collapse and a terrible humanitarian crisis.