State Dept responds to GOP push for Blinken’s impeachment over Afghanistan crisis

The State Department responded to calls for impeachment Friday by reaffirming Secretary Blinken's commitment to evacuating Americans from Afghanistan.

South Carolina congressman sponsors impeachment of President Biden

Rep. Jeff Duncan has cosponsored articles of impeachment against President Biden due to a "foreign policy failure" in Afghanistan. 

Republicans File Articles Of Impeachment Against Biden’s Secretary Of State Blinken

House Republicans will file articles of impeachment against Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Fox News reported Friday.

The filing comes in the aftermath of the suicide bombing in Kabul Afghanistan on Thursday that killed 13 American servicemen and scores of Afghan civilians.

Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and Andy Harris (R-MD) introduced the articles citing, “failures in leadership over [the] Afghanistan situation,” by Blinken.

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Impeach Blinken

The articles reportedly read, “Secretary Blinken has failed to faithfully uphold his oath and has instead presided over a reckless abandonment of our nation’s interests, security, and values in his role in the withdrawal of American forces and diplomatic assets from Afghanistan.”

Republicans and conservatives have been demanding accountability for the situation in Afghanistan, mostly in the form of calling for President Biden to resign or be removed from office. 

The move to impeach a cabinet secretary is interesting if unorthodox.

Norman told Fox News:

“Under the Constitution of the United States of America, the Secretary of State is tasked with informing Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations.

“In Afghanistan, he failed to do so, leaving American citizens exposed in a city under the control of the Taliban. Secretary Blinken is also responsible for the safety of American citizens abroad and, in the case of danger, the safe and efficient evacuation of those Americans – which he has not done thus far.”

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Biden’s Actions In Afghanistan

Since Kabul was taken over and is now in control of the Taliban, the Biden administration has turned to the Taliban for security purposes outside of the airport, where chaos has erupted as people attempt to get out of the country.

The Biden administration claims that roughly 100,000 people have been evacuated, the majority of those having to pass through Taliban checkpoints. 

That security obviously failed when a suicide bomber got through and killed 13 Americans and nearly 100 Afghans. 

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said during a briefing at the Pentagon, “We expect the attacks to continue. We are doing everything we can. That includes reaching out to the Taliban who are actually providing the outer security of the airfield to make sure they’re protecting us, and we will coordinate with them as they go forward.”

As for who will be held accountable, other Republicans have called for the buck to stop at President Biden.

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Day Of Reckoning

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated during a press conference Friday that “there will be a day of reckoning” for President Joe Biden in the aftermath of the brutal attack.

However, McCarthy stopped short of calling for the impeachment or resignation of the President, as some rank and file GOP members of the House and some Senators have done.

As of Friday, 23 House members and three Senators have called for Biden’s resignation. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed incredulous at the notion that anyone would think the president should resign over the chaos that has erupted in Afghanistan.

When asked about Biden’s ability or inability to lead the nation, her response was that it was “not a day for politics,” and that, “We would expect that any American, whether they are elected or not, would stand with us in our commitment to going after and fighting and killing those terrorists wherever they live and to honoring the lives of service members, that’s what this day is for.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), writing in the Washington Examiner said,“Biden has become the portrait of this chaos, and his standing in America, and the world, is forever diminished. It is time he realize this and acknowledge that America’s recovery, both domestically and across the globe, begins with his resignation as president. It is the right thing to do.” 

It is an opinion shared with The Political Insider’s Christopher Barron, who writes, 

Over the last week, President Biden has repeatedly addressed the American people and every single time he did he refused to admit that he had done anything wrong, refused to admit that what was happening on the ground was a failure, refused to change course, instead doubling and tripling down on a failed strategy – all else be damned.

Barron points out that, “Biden’s toxic shake of incompetence, inflexibility, and unwillingness to take responsibility had tragic consequences for the brave men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan.” 

And while Joe Biden is responsible for the deaths of 13 American servicemen and untold numbers of Afghan civilians, Barron also rightly points out that, “President Biden has failed to hold anyone accountable. No one has been fired for providing faulty intelligence or erroneous advice. No one has been fired for mistakes made in executing the withdrawal.”

He adds that no one has been fired because the person “ultimately and arguably solely responsible” is President Biden himself.

The one unknown factor is whether or not Republicans, and maybe even some Democrats, have the will to see an impeachment or resignation through. 

 

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Kinzinger Refuses To Call For Biden To Resign Or Be Impeached Over ‘Bad Decision’ On Afghanistan

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) went on CNN on Friday to push back at calls from his colleagues that President Joe Biden resign or be impeached over the disaster in Afghanistan.

Kinzinger Defends Biden

Despite Biden’s mishandling of the crisis that led to thirteen U.S. service members being killed in a terror attack in Kabul on Thursday, Kinzinger said he won’t be calling for Biden to resign or be impeached. It should be noted that Kinzinger voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot earlier this year.

“I do believe some people on [Biden’s] national security team should resign. That’s up to them, and it’s up to him. But no, I mean, look, we impeach presidents for high crimes and misdemeanors. This is a very bad decision,” Kinzinger explained. “Other presidents have made bad decisions, but I’m not going to call on the president to resign for this nor to be impeached.”

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“Look, we need some stability in our government, and we’ve gotten to this back and forth where it’s just constant battle of power, who can take over next year, instead of looking at this country needs some real help,” he added. “We need actually grown-up politics for once and not just kind of next-day news cycle politics.”

Kinzinger Blames Trump 

Earlier this week, Kinzinger tried to blame Trump for the disaster in Afghanistan.

“What breaks my heart probably more than anything on a political side is that America is being displayed out in the world and embarrassed in the world, and our American allies are saying America looks weak,” Kinzinger said

“Honestly, the Republicans are putting out talking points to make Biden look bad. The Democrats are putting out talking points to the administration — the past administration,” he stated. “They are both responsible. We’re so tribalistic as a country. It’s hard to imagine a Republican saying everybody is responsible.”

Full Story: Kinzinger Says Trump Got ‘Rolled’ By The Taliban – ‘Set This Up To Fail’ In Afghanistan

“Let’s keep in mind, Mike Pompeo met with the Taliban as Donald Trump was publicly saying we have to get out of Afghanistan at all costs, it’s not worth it,” he added. “Mike Pompeo meets with the Taliban and tries to negotiate something.”

“By the way, they end up getting rolled harder than ever, almost as hard as Neville Chamberlain because they knew what the outcome was,” Kinzinger said. “They set this up to fail but always, of course, Joe Biden could have easily turned this around and instead used it as the excuse to get out. Both parties have failed the American people.”

This piece was written by James Samson on August 27, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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Republicans file impeachment articles against Secretary Blinken for pullout disaster in Afghanistan

House Republicans on Friday introduced articles of impeachment against Secretary of State Antony Blinken for “high crimes and misdemeanors” leading up to the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Republican Reps. Ralph Norman of South Carolina and Andy Harris of Maryland co-sponsored the resolution. They said “inexcusable failures” on ...

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Biden Is Unfit To Serve. Period.

Like so many other Americans, yesterday felt like a gut punch. The international humiliation and humanitarian disaster that the Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan had been suddenly became a national tragedy as 13 of America’s finest were killed in a terror attack outside the airport in Kabul.

I found myself absolutely glued to the television all day, watching in absolute horror as the tragedy unfolded. Biden’s inexplicable mistakes – his abandonment of the Bagram air base, his refusal to do anything as the Taliban seized control of the country, and his mind-numbing decision to leave Americans in harms way – are now more than mistakes.

What Biden did resulted in the loss of life of 13 Americans.

Over the last week, President Biden has repeatedly addressed the American people and every single time he did he refused to admit that he had done anything wrong, refused to admit that what was happening on the ground was a failure, refused to change course, instead doubling and tripling down on a failed strategy – all else be damned.

RELATED: Trump Slams Biden For Handing Taliban List Of Names Of Americans, Afghan Allies

Biden’s toxic shake of incompetence, inflexibility, and unwillingness to take responsibility had tragic consequences for the brave men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan.

I thought that when Biden spoke late yesterday afternoon that things would be different, that he would have to admit his failures, that he would have to change course, that he would stop relying on the Taliban and stop capitulating to their demands.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. Biden’s address to the nation yesterday was more of the same. Biden absolutely refused to alter his policy to adjust to the situation on the ground.

Biden has decided to continue to rely on the Taliban to defend and protect Americans, Biden committed to sticking by the arbitrary August 31st deadline regardless of whether Americans would be left behind, and Biden failed to take immediate steps to strike back at the people responsible for killing of 13 Americans.

President Biden has failed to hold anyone accountable. No one has been fired for providing faulty intelligence or erroneous advice. No one has been fired for mistakes made in executing the withdrawal.

The reason no one has been fired by Biden is because the person ultimately and arguably solely responsible is President Biden himself.

Accordingly, President Biden must go and he must go now.

This is no longer about politics. This is no longer about policy differences. President Biden’s actions have made it clear he is unfit to serve as Commander-in-Chief.

President Biden should resign. If he doesn’t resign the cabinet should invoke the 25th amendment. And if his cabinet will not invoke the 25th amendment Congress should move to impeach and remove him from office.

I do not like Vice President Kamala Harris and I disagree strongly with her policies. I didn’t vote for Kamala Harris to be Vice President and I certainly wouldn’t vote for her to be President. However, under our system, Kamala Harris should be elevated to the office of President.

Joe Biden has proven his unfit to serve, proven he is incapable of executing the duties of the office and shown the American people the cost of his incompetence.

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President Trump was impeached by the House twice for nothing but purely political reasons, Democrats abused the Constitutional process because they didn’t like the outcome of the election of 2016.

Impeachment was never intended to be used as a political tool, it was intended for a situation like what we are facing today.

I take no pleasure in urging Biden to resign, or calling for invoking the 25th amendment, and as a Trump supporter I certainly take no joy in calling for impeachment.

Unfortunately, President Biden has left us no choice. 

 

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