The Biden administration could be in serious trouble after reports surfaced that the State Department’s inspector general has reportedly launched “a series of investigations” into catastrophic pullout from Afghanistan which handed the country over to the Taliban and resulted in 13 dead U.S. servicemembers.
A memo from Secretary of State Antony Blinken that was obtained by Politico said that the investigations will focus on “the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa program; Afghans processed for refugee admission into the U.S.; resettlement of those refugees and visa recipients; and the emergency evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul ‘to include evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals.’”
Diana Shaw, the State Department’s acting inspector general, informed several congressional committees on Monday of the work that her office is conducting.
“Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work,” Shaw wrote in a letter to the foreign affairs and intelligence committees of both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.
State OIG spokesperson Ryan Holden downplayed the news, insisting that “reviews” and not “investigations” were taking place. However, the left wing outlet Politico specifically referred to the actions as “investigations.”
“State OIG notified its committees of jurisdiction today of planned projects in the areas you mention,” Holden said. “This work will be conducted in coordination with other members of the IG community. However, it is inaccurate to say that these projects are investigations. We indicated to Congress that these projects will be reviews.”
The report said that inspectors general from other departments were likely to launch investigations into the chaotic events that unfolded under Democrat President Joe Biden’s leadership.
The report added,“The Pentagon’s IG recently announced three reviews related to the evacuation: an evaluation of the botched drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians instead of the Islamic State target; a review of DoD’s screening process for displaced Afghans; and an audit of DoD support for the relocation of Afghan nationals.”
Biden has faced intense backlash over his disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, including accusations that he lied to the American people.
Biden infamously assured Americans that the Taliban would not storm the U.S. Embassy in Kabul the same way the North Vietnamese stormed the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in 1975, but events disproved this confident prediction, as footage of Kabul eerily echoed Saigon.
Even today, an unknown number of Americans and U.S. allies remain trapped in the country, which the withdrawal left in the hands of the Taliban. Retired military leaders have called for the mass resignation of Biden’s diplomatic and military leaders in the wake of the fiasco.
The president has seen his approval numbers crater in the weeks following the disaster with polls showing the American people’s overall support for the job Biden has done hitting the low 30s.
Author: Brett Lucas