A ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee chose a former broadcast journalist to probe Joe Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan on Sept. 14.
Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas) recently selected former CNN national security reporter Ryan Browne to investigate the Joe Biden administration’s “disastrous” withdrawal from Kabul.
“I look forward to putting together a comprehensive, independent, and facts-driven investigation,” Browne said in a statement.
The new appointee used to cover the Pentagon and Defense Department, from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, and other Middle Eastern countries. He was an embedded adviser contracted to the Afghan National Army between 2011 to 2013, before joining the left-leaning broadcaster.
Browne will not spare a moment to identify exactly what went wrong.
“It is crucial we discover what led to the chaos of the emergency evacuation, and examine the administration’s failed efforts to evacuate all American citizens, green card holders, local allies, and other vulnerable Afghans fearing reprisals from the Taliban,” he said.
He will also delve into a terrorist bombing that killed 13 U.S. servicemen, many of whom were still in their early 20s.
McCaul expressed serious doubts about the president’s handling of the rescue mission.
“Had they done this [evacuation] sooner this actually could have worked,” he said according to a video shared on Twitter. “They waited for the last minute on the hopes that they had this peace deal with the Taliban.”
Speaking of stranded interpreters and their vulnerable families, McCaul estimates up to 30,000 people are at risk of Taliban reprisal.
“The interpreters, who worked with our Special Forces, they are gone,” he can be heard saying. “The Taliban will not allow them to leave.”
“They are already being executed,” he added. “We are already getting stories of families and interpreters being executed by the Taliban.”
At a congressional hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, McCaul criticized the secretary’s testimony for providing “little to no new information,” according to The Hill.
Multiple Democrats are furious about the chaotic withdrawal. They blame the entire political system, and failures of previous administrations.
“The first thing we need to do is focus on how is it that the Afghan military and police forces collapsed so spectacularly after we spent all [of] that [taxpayer] money–$88 billion to train these folks,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said according to Politico.