Two GOP House members have offered articles of impeachment against Secretary of State Antony Blinken for what they called “failures of planning, execution, and leadership in Afghanistan.”
The two congressmen, Reps. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) on Friday blamed Blinken for the loss of American lives and for putting many other lives in danger. They were speaking about the ISIS K bombing just outside the airport in Kabul.
The blast killed more than 100 people, including the 13 servicemen. The terrorist attack and American casualties were the latest developments in what Harris called an “unmitigated catastrophe”. This came after President Joe Biden’s administration began withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
The Biden administration claims that the Taliban gaining control of the country came as a big surprise despite the fact that the CIA and the embassy in Kabul both predicted the possibility.
The articles of impeachment state:
“Secretary Blinken has failed to faithfully uphold his oath and has instead presided over a reckless abandonment of our nation’s interests, security, and values in his role in the withdrawal of American forces and diplomatic assets from Afghanistan.”
The lawmakers say Blinken’s dereliction of duty by failing to “safely and efficiently evacuate all of the United States government personnel, dependents, and private United States citizens when their lives are in danger directly gave rise to a dangerous scenario at the Kabul airport enabling terrorists to execute a deadly attack that killed eleven marines and a Navy medic.”
They accused Blinken of ignoring intelligence that indicated the Taliban was about to seize control of Afghanistan, of permitting by negligence U.S. military equipment and weapons to fall into the Taliban’s hands, and of leaving Americans stranded in the country to have their lives threatened by the Islamic militants.
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“The Biden Administration’s handling of Afghanistan has been an unmitigated catastrophe. This preventable tragedy rests solely on the shoulders of President Biden and his Administration, and in particular the Secretary of State.”
The chances for impeachment are not good. They might peel away enough votes to send it to the Senate, but the Senate will insist he did a great job.