Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) said on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company” on Wednesday that Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) should testify regarding the “debacle” of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Varney asked, “Are we going to get hearings in Congress to find out what went on and who is to blame? Are we going to get those hearings?”
Jordan said, “Well, I hope so, but I doubt it. I mean, the Democrats are in charge. I do think we are going to take back the majority, and when we do in a year-and-a-half, we can have hearings. But I doubt the Democrats do it. If we were going to have hearings, it is obvious who should come. The same people who made all these decisions that led to this debacle in Afghanistan are the same ones that were burning foreign policy back in the Obama, Biden administration that gave us the Libya, Benghazi situation. So it’s Blinken, it’s Burns, it’s Sherman, it’s Sullivan, it’s Rice, those people need to come. Frankly I think we need to bring in Adam Schiff too. What was Intel Committee, what kind of information did he get prior to this ordeal that we watched unfold over the last serval weeks? Those are the kind of people who should be brought in. but I doubt if the Democrats will do it.”
He added, “Yesterday the president of the United States said that this was an extraordinary success. I mean 13 service members were killed. You have hundreds of Americans stranded and left behind. You have thousands of our allies left behind including a guy who helped President Biden 13 years ago. This guy named Mohammed. Then you have billions of dollars of equipment and weapons left there as well. What did Jake Sullivan say yesterday, they’re thinking about paying the Taliban. They call that success? So of course Americans have no confidence in this foreign policy team.”
On August 24, Adam Schiff rejected President Biden’s assertion that the ongoing chaos that has erupted in Afghanistan amid the military withdrawal was inevitable.
“I don’t think we can accept as a premise that the chaos we saw particularly very early but which has continued, was inevitable,” Schiff said during an interview on MSNBC. “There were going to be difficulties, yes, when we drew out. But I think there should have been better planning involved in the evacuation, in the drawdown. We’re looking now at the intelligence and, you know, the intelligence over the last six months was increasingly pessimistic about the Afghan government’s ability to maintain itself.”
“I’m not ready to reach a conclusion- certainly none of the intelligence suggested it would collapse overnight the way it did within a matter of days that Kabul would fall, but nonetheless, you would presume that there would be military planning along any foreseeable contingency to avoid this kind of difficulty where we would have thousands of Americans who are at risk of being stranded,” Schiff continued.
McCarthy blames Schiff for focusing on impeachment over Afghanistan intelligence
On August 26, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy chastised Adam Schiff for causing a “failure” by focusing on impeachment investigations into former President Donald Trump rather than giving oversight on intelligence about the Taliban’s presence in Afghanistan.
“We should have been having hearings on what’s going on over there. We should have been able to gather that they would collapse this fast. But Adam Schiff was too focused on impeachment than doing the job he was supposed to do,” McCarthy said in a press conference.
“How much time did Adam Schiff spend looking around the world of what his responsibility is?” McCarthy said. “When you’re on the Intel Committee, you learn things that other members do not know. But he spent all this time on politics.”
After a classified Intelligence Committee briefing on Monday, Schiff relayed in general terms what the intelligence agencies knew about the situation in Afghanistan leading up to the collapse.
“Intelligence agencies’ assessments of the Afghan government’s ability to maintain itself became increasingly pessimistic over the course of the last six months,” Schiff said.
“There were any number of warnings that the Taliban might take over, and some that included a potential of a very rapid takeover,” Schiff said, but added no one predicted such a rapid collapse.