Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley grilled President Joe Biden’s Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General (IG) nominee Robert Storch on Tuesday.
During the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Hawley pressed Storch over issues of over-classification, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reports and the fall of Afghanistan.
“Here’s what I’m getting at. I’ve heard multiple members of this committee since the fall of Afghanistan say that it’s unbelievable that we didn’t know that the Afghan security forces were so badly prepared,” Hawley said. “That they would have collapsed in the fashion they did. I tell you who could have thought it: SIGAR.”
“Why? Because they issued report after report saying that the Afghan security forces weren’t appropriately trained, that they weren’t prepared, that the Pentagon was making it difficult for SIGAR to get any information,” Hawley continued.
“That DOD kept changing the metrics by which to assess the readiness of the Afghan security forces. SIGAR has warned for years that what would happen in Afghanistan is exactly what did happen.”
“So I think it’s important that that entity be able to get the information it needs and actually report to the American people because frankly, I believe the American people were pretty much lied to for years by multiple administrations, unfortunately,” Hawley added.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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