Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) hammered President Joe Biden about the deaths of 13 service members in the chaotic retreat from Afghanistan.
“One year after 13 of America’s best and brightest were killed in Afghanistan, so many questions still remain,” Boebert explained in a statement to Breitbart News. “Congress deserves answers, the American people deserve answers, and the 13 Gold Star Families certainly deserve answers about what happened.”
She told the conservative publication she had corresponded with President Biden asking for answers about the deaths of those military members. She blamed Biden, claiming he had no care for them while they lived and no time for them in death.
An August 26, 2021, attack outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul, Afghanistan, killed 13 U.S. service members supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Eleven Marines, one Navy corpsman and one soldier were “killed as the result of an enemy attack while supporting noncombatant evacuation operations,” according to a August 28, 2021, Department of Defense press release.
Boebert asked six questions of Biden in her Friday letter.
“How many individuals have been held accountable for the numerous failures in the lead-up and execution of the Afghanistan withdrawal – is the figure more than zero?” asked Boebert with her first question. She requested Biden be specific and name names.
“How many Americans, if any, are still stranded in Afghanistan?” Boebert asked next.
The Colorado congresswoman’s third question concerned reports that the Taliban had offered now-retired Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. control over Kabul security. She asked the president if he was aware of the offer and, if so, why it was not accepted? If not, she questioned why Biden was not informed about something crucial to evacuating U.S. citizens and military personnel from the war-torn country.
Her fourth question concerned reports that a predator drone had a lock on the suicide bomber responsible for the U.S. military deaths but permission was not granted. Boebert said Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin spoke to ‘multiple senior leaders,’ but a spokesman for McKenzie denied the claims were true.
“Can you also categorically deny these reports,” Boebert asked, “and will you commit to ordering the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to conduct an independent review into this claim to determine its veracity?”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken had his character questioned in the fifth lengthy question from Boebert. She noted Blinken revealed accepting a $5,000 speaking fee from a former Pakistani prime minister. Boebert alleged Pakistan allowed Taliban and Al Queda members to hide in the country and suggested a link to Blinken.
“The United States still holds $7 billion dollars in Afghan central bank reserves,” Boebert began her final question. “Can you commit that none of these funds will be used in any way that would make it easier for the Taliban to retain power? Does your regime have a long-term plan for the use of these funds?”
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