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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Ignored Senate Testimony on Afghan Crisis

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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.

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.

Image: U.S. Secretary of Defense / Flickr

Author: Usa Really