UPDATED 6:39 AM PT – Friday, August 20, 2021
Democrats are now putting their feet down on Joe Biden’s handling of the Taliban’s rapid takeover in Afghanistan. This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a series of hearings with high level officials in the Biden administration.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said its imperative Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testify before the committee to give transparency on the situation. This comes as many Democrats begin to shift blame to the Biden administration on how they have failed to act fast in getting the remainder of Americans off the ground. The hearings are expected to take place following the August recess.
Meanwhile, a new poll shows overall support for military intervention in Afghanistan is dropping. That’s according to an AP-NORC poll, which reflects nearly two-thirds of Americans said the battle in Afghanistan is not worth fighting. Similar numbers were also reported for the idea of troops remaining in Iraq.
Overall, a slim majority of people said they disapprove of how Biden is handling foreign policy with 46 percent of voters voicing their disapproval of how he’s handling national security.
Another poll found a rising number of Americans are not buying Biden’s attempts to blame 45th President Donald Trump for the disastrous Afghan pullout.
According to a Daily Wire survey Thursday, 36 percent of Americans said Biden is fully responsible for the chaos and deaths during U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Only 21 percent blamed Trump while 29 percent of respondents said it’s neither Trump’s nor Biden’s fault. The poll also found 84 percent of Americans are concerned about possible consequences of Biden’s mishandling of Afghan pullout.