House Republicans will file articles of impeachment against Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Fox News reported Friday.
The filing comes in the aftermath of the suicide bombing in Kabul Afghanistan on Thursday that killed 13 American servicemen and scores of Afghan civilians.
Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and Andy Harris (R-MD) introduced the articles citing, “failures in leadership over [the] Afghanistan situation,” by Blinken.
The articles reportedly read, “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.”
Republicans and conservatives have been demanding accountability for the situation in Afghanistan, mostly in the form of calling for President Biden to resign or be removed from office.
The move to impeach a cabinet secretary is interesting if unorthodox.
Norman told Fox News:
“Under the Constitution of the United States of America, the Secretary of State is tasked with informing Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations.
“In Afghanistan, he failed to do so, leaving American citizens exposed in a city under the control of the Taliban. Secretary Blinken is also responsible for the safety of American citizens abroad and, in the case of danger, the safe and efficient evacuation of those Americans – which he has not done thus far.”
Since Kabul was taken over and is now in control of the Taliban, the Biden administration has turned to the Taliban for security purposes outside of the airport, where chaos has erupted as people attempt to get out of the country.
The Biden administration claims that roughly 100,000 people have been evacuated, the majority of those having to pass through Taliban checkpoints.
That security obviously failed when a suicide bomber got through and killed 13 Americans and nearly 100 Afghans.
Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said during a briefing at the Pentagon, “We expect the attacks to continue. We are doing everything we can. That includes reaching out to the Taliban who are actually providing the outer security of the airfield to make sure they’re protecting us, and we will coordinate with them as they go forward.”
As for who will be held accountable, other Republicans have called for the buck to stop at President Biden.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated during a press conference Friday that “there will be a day of reckoning” for President Joe Biden in the aftermath of the brutal attack.
However, McCarthy stopped short of calling for the impeachment or resignation of the President, as some rank and file GOP members of the House and some Senators have done.
As of Friday, 23 House members and three Senators have called for Biden’s resignation. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed incredulous at the notion that anyone would think the president should resign over the chaos that has erupted in Afghanistan.
When asked about Biden’s ability or inability to lead the nation, her response was that it was “not a day for politics,” and that, “We would expect that any American, whether they are elected or not, would stand with us in our commitment to going after and fighting and killing those terrorists wherever they live and to honoring the lives of service members, that’s what this day is for.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), writing in the Washington Examiner said,“Biden has become the portrait of this chaos, and his standing in America, and the world, is forever diminished. It is time he realize this and acknowledge that America’s recovery, both domestically and across the globe, begins with his resignation as president. It is the right thing to do.”
It is an opinion shared with The Political Insider’s Christopher Barron, who writes,
Over the last week, President Biden has repeatedly addressed the American people and every single time he did he refused to admit that he had done anything wrong, refused to admit that what was happening on the ground was a failure, refused to change course, instead doubling and tripling down on a failed strategy – all else be damned.
Barron points out that, “Biden’s toxic shake of incompetence, inflexibility, and unwillingness to take responsibility had tragic consequences for the brave men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan.”
And while Joe Biden is responsible for the deaths of 13 American servicemen and untold numbers of Afghan civilians, Barron also rightly points out that, “President Biden has failed to hold anyone accountable. No one has been fired for providing faulty intelligence or erroneous advice. No one has been fired for mistakes made in executing the withdrawal.”
He adds that no one has been fired because the person “ultimately and arguably solely responsible” is President Biden himself.
The one unknown factor is whether or not Republicans, and maybe even some Democrats, have the will to see an impeachment or resignation through.
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