Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal blasted the Biden administration Tuesday over the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan, urging that the chain of command has broken down.
During a Senate hearing Tuesday in which military generals claimed they advised against the timeline to pull out troops from the country, in contradiction to Joe Biden’s own statements, Blumenthal issued a scathing assessment.
The Senator focused on stranded Americans, noting that it was a “moral imperative” to get them out, yet the State Department passed the buck to the Department of Defense.
During a later MSNBC interview, Blumenthal repeated the comments, noting that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin provided “no real responses,” because “there is nobody in charge.”
During the hearing, Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley both stated under oath that they objected to Biden’s withdrawal timeline, reasoning that the impending collapse of the Afghan government would cause chaos.
Lloyd Austin and McKenzie also claimed that Biden waited a full ten days after the Taliban took Kabul before he even asked for an assessment on the withdrawal deadline.
The claims directly contradict what Biden told reporters in August:
When a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki to explain the discrepancies, she refused to give a clear answer:
Blumenthal hit the nail on the head, no one is in charge.
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