The Washington Post is reporting that some Democrats are privately expressing their concerns about the handling of the Afghanistan crisis and would like to see top Biden administration officials fired over the debacle.
“In private discussions, some House Democrats have raised the prospect of whether Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan — two of Biden’s most trusted aides — should lose their jobs,” the Post revealed this past weekend.
Seems like a reasonable proposition considering the botched withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan, culminating with last week’s suicide bombing which claimed the lives of 13 American soldiers and as many as 170 civilians.
That is, until you start digging a little deeper into the article where you find the true reason they’d like to see Blinken and Sullivan fired over what transpired in Afghanistan.
Privately, ‘some House Democrats have raised the prospect of whether Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan…should lose their jobs,.’ From WP: https://t.co/zee6wIkbOG pic.twitter.com/IVcrqCeHvV
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 29, 2021
Why Do They Want Them Fired Over Afghanistan?
Remarkably, the Washington Post doesn’t try very hard to sugar coat why some Democrats want to see Blinken and Sullivan fired over Afghanistan.
It’s not for accountability or some semblance of justice for the 13 service members who unnecessarily lost their lives.
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It’s the Democrat agenda they care about.
Take a listen to John Jackson, the chairman of the DeKalb County Democrats in Georgia.
He tells the Washington Post, “I just worry about his ability to achieve his agenda.”
Really? That’s his concern as 13 flag-draped coffins were sent home from the scene in Afghanistan over the weekend?
It sure seems like that’s the main concern as the Post goes on to suggest Democrats are simply hoping to “weather the storm” with the negative Afghanistan news so they can focus on ‘more important’ things. Things like infrastructure and their social agenda.
“They see positive developments on the horizon if they can weather the storm over Afghanistan,” the Post writes, “such as the prospect of signing legislation making historic investments in roads, bridges and social programs.”
From colleague Kelly Phares: Rep Norman (R-SC) and Rep Andy Harris (R-MD) introduce articles of impeachment for Secretary of State Antony Blinken citing failures in leadership over Afghanistan situation
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) August 27, 2021
Nobody Held Accountable
As it stands, the only person held accountable for the tragic turn of events in Afghanistan has been Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller who was reportedly relieved of duty for daring to demand accountability from military leaders following the terror attack.
Scheller had posted a viral video demanding answers.
“I’m not making this video because it is potentially an emotional time,” he said. “I’m making it because I have a growing discontent and contempt with my perceived ineptitude at the foreign policy level. I want to specifically ask some questions to some of my senior leaders.”
Marine officer Stuart Scheller has been relieved from duty for this video.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 27, 2021
On Friday, House Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and Andy Harris (R-MD) introduced articles of impeachment against Blinken citing “failures in leadership over [the] Afghanistan situation.”
It’s unclear why they introduced the articles against a Cabinet Secretary rather than the Commander-in-Chief, Joe Biden.
Psaki asked about calls for Biden to resign:
“It is not a day for politics. We would expect that any American…would stand with us in our commitment to going after and fighting and killing those terrorists wherever they live…” pic.twitter.com/Cm9gsDGAPy
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 26, 2021
There have been calls for President Biden himself to resign over what has transpired in Afghanistan, an idea White House press secretary Jen Psaki swatted away by saying it is “not a day for politics.”
Not a day for politics – and yet, Democrats want Blinken and Sullivan fired over Afghanistan in part because of how it reflects on their party politically.
The Post describes President Biden as having a “devastating month of his tenure in office” in August and said such crises as the resurgent pandemic and the Afghanistan mission have “sent waves of anger and worry through his party as his poll numbers decline.”
If only Democrats could get just as angry over the coffins of young American soldiers being sent home from faraway lands.
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