A bipartisan pair of lawmakers — both of whom are military veterans — embarked on a secret visit to Afghanistan to survey the aftermath of President Joe Biden’s chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal.
The elected officials had been denied official authorization for the trip and returned with harsh criticism for the Biden administration.
“Those are all rapidly disproven”
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) asserted that he has “lost complete faith” in the president and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) described the withdrawal as a “total f***ing disaster.”
They both stand behind their decision to take the unapproved trip to the capital city of Kabul, describing it as necessary because of the Biden administration’s dishonesty toward the American people regarding the state of affairs in Afghanistan.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Meijer praised U.S. service members on the ground for their work during a stressful and dangerous evacuation effort.
The trip was cut short when the White House learned of it and leaked the information to the media. Meijer explained that both he and Moulton believe they did the right thing by gathering evidence of the dire situation in Kabul.
“That there was no residual al Qaeda presence, that there weren’t Americans who were stranded, that the Taliban wasn’t obstructing entrance to the airport for American citizens — I mean, those are all rapidly disproven,” the Michigan Republican said. “I’ve lost complete faith that this is an administration that will be forthright and honest.”
“It’s worth all the bad politics in the world”
For his part, Moulton is a progressive Democrat who otherwise appears to support the Biden administration’s agenda.
Nevertheless, he felt compelled to address what he saw as blatant lies and half-truths being disseminated by the Whtie House in regard to the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops.
“The thing that everybody needs to understand, even if you completely agree with the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw, the way they have handled this has been a total f***ing disaster,” he said in a remark to New York Magazine’s Intelligencer. “It will be measured in bodies because a lot of people are dying because they can’t get out.”
Although he acknowledged that he did not relish “criticizing Biden,” Moulton added: “If telling the truth is what’s required to save a few lies, then it’s worth all the bad politics in the world.”
Despite the backlash Meijer and Moulton have received from the White House, it seems clear that they have been successful in raising awareness of the need for greater congressional oversight regarding military actions ordered by the executive branch.