The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), currently stalled in the Senate, calls for an independent two-party
This provision, introduced by Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy Duckworth Overnight Defense & National Security – Austin Mandates Vaccine for Guardians Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans of Wisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attacks ‘for their own political purposes’ MORE (D-Ill.), Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyKevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP’s ‘exotic wing’ panel on January 6 facing new test as first witness points out that the fifth prosecutor says a woman in North Carolina deserves jail for bringing a 14 -year-old for Capitol riots. (R-Wyo.) And others, is a good one. We can undoubtedly gain valuable experience by looking at the entirety of our Afghanistan experience, including our diplomatic,
But that kind of thoughtful, exhaustive business would certainly take months, probably years, to collect, analyze, and report on. And we need some answers faster than that. Specifically, we need to answer questions about our deeply worrying withdrawal in August.
Congressional commissions do not show up overnight. The leadership of the Republican and Democratic Party and the chairmen of the armed services, intelligence and foreign affairs / liaison committees
Even as this commission gets
Such an independent, unclassified
Despite the hard work and heroism of our service members and other U.S. government professionals on the ground and in the air in Afghanistan and beyond, few will argue that the withdrawal in August was an unconditional success. Most would call it chaotic, at best, if not downright catastrophic.
There are many questions that need to be answered soon. Among the most important:
· How did the inter-institutional process of leaving Afghanistan develop within the Biden administration? Were there shortcomings in this process that could be improved to inform future preparedness?
· Why did we decide to withdraw all US forces, leaving us and our allies blind to potential counter-terrorism threats? Were other options discussed in the cross-cutting body, and if so, why were they not chosen?
· What was the intelligence service’s assessment of the situation and the potential outcome of the abrupt withdrawal?
· Why did we abandon Bagram Airfield and leave US forces to rely on Hamid Karzai International Airport as the only starting point? What did one learn from the hasty ones
Both a long-term study of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2021 and a short-term study of our withdrawal in 2021 have value. They should be implemented as soon as possible with the aim of improving our performance in future diplomatic and military preparedness.
These follow-up studies
The results will be crucial to inform current and future policy makers in Congress and the executive so that better results in the future are within reach.
Equally important is the fact that the American people, who took on so much of the burden of this conflict, deserve answers to these questions about Afghanistan. It’s time for bipartisan congress
Peter Brookes is a Senior Fellow from the Heritage Foundation, former Assistant Assistant Secretary of Defense and former member of the Congressional Commission.