After the United States withdrawal of its troops from war-torn Afghanistan, the situation in the country worsened. Following the Taliban’s takeover of control in the country, allied military, civilian personnel, and Afghan people flocked to Kabul airport, in an attempt to flee the country.
Reflecting on the situation, on Wednesday, a group of Republican Senators led by Tommy Tuberville sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed, demanding both open and closed hearings on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He also demanded a sworn testimony from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, General Mark Milley, General Kenneth McKenzie, and General Scott Miller reported Sputnik. Nine other Republican senators also signed the letter.
The said letter was first handed over to The Daily Caller by Republican Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville that serves as the Committee on Armed Services. It was signed by nine Republicans. The letter contains a request for Reed to schedule committee hearings so they can examine Biden and his administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan after 13 U.S. service members were killed in a terror attack at the Kabul airport.
“It is necessary and appropriate for Congress to examine the manner in which our military mission ended in Afghanistan. We should do so with transparency, candor, and a dedication to ascertaining the facts without regard to politics. We understand that in the coming months, many committees will claim the authority to ask questions regarding our military’s withdrawal. Yet, because our committee bears the special responsibility of authorizing and overseeing America’s armed forces, we acutely feel the obligation to seek answers,” Tuberville wrote in the letter.
“We write to formally request that the Senate Armed Services Committee fully exercise its oversight authority by holding both opened and closed hearings on this matter and that our committee ask the Department of Defense to preserve any and all records pertaining to the conclusion of our operations in Afghanistan. In particular, we seek sworn testimony from Secretary Lloyd Austin, General Mark Milley, and General Frank McKenzie, Jr.,” Tuberville added.
We witnessed the worst foreign policy disaster in living memory, and it’s time for answers. That’s what the American people expect, and it’s what the cosigners of my letter expect: to hear directly from our senior military and cabinet officials. pic.twitter.com/KA7zn64UJb
— Coach Tommy Tuberville (@SenTuberville) September 8, 2021
“We’ve witnessed the worst foreign policy disaster in living memory, and it’s time for answers. That’s what the American people expect, and it’s what the cosigners of my letter expect: to hear directly from our senior military and cabinet officials,” Tuberville said.
The other Republicans who signed the letter were Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, South Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.
The Republicans asked the committee to completely use its oversight authority by convening both open and secret hearings on this topic, as well as for the Pentagon to keep any and all records pertaining to the United States’ departure from Afghanistan, reported the news agency.