Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Ignored Senate Testimony on Afghan Crisis
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is moving uncertainly towards an investigation into the disastrous failure of the US Army in Afghanistan. Several issues are on the agenda, including a US drone airstrike that killed a civilian instead of terrorists.
Ahmadi was a 14-year employee of Nutrition & Education International, a U.S. NGO that fights malnutrition. He helped start up soy factories, repair machinery, transport his colleagues and distribute food from his Corolla to displaced Afghans. pic.twitter.com/S7r1TyHBs0— Evan Hill (@evanhill) September 10, 2021
Unfortunately, Chairman Bob Menendez could only show dissatisfaction, but neither he nor any other member of the Committee can influence the Pentagon.
"I’m very disappointed that Secretary Austin declined our request to testify today. A full accounting of the U.S. response to this crisis is not complete without the Pentagon, especially when it comes to understanding the complete collapse of the U.S.-trained and funded Afghan military. His decision not to appear before the committee will affect my personal judgment on Department of Defense nominees," Menendez said. "I expect the Secretary will avail himself to the committee in the near future. And if he does not, I may consider the use of committee subpoena power to compel him and others over the course of these last 20 years to testify.”
Despite efforts to expose the incompetence of the Pentagon and the US Army, even Pentagon spokesman John Kirby is reluctant to comment on the incident.
They can confirm who was killed. And if it were really ISIS-K, they would be naming them. So, we know what happened here. https://t.co/fiA2lNg5ih— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 13, 2021
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