Blinken faces fury over Afghan exit as senators ask if Biden actually in charge

Blinken faces fury over Afghan exit as senators ask if Biden actually in charge


Secretary of State Antony Blinken faced bipartisan criticism Tuesday over the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan — as a top Senate Republican questioned whether President Biden is actually calling the shots in the White House.

Blinken’s second consecutive day of grilling by Capitol Hill lawmakers even saw the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blast last month’s humiliating exit — which included the killings of 13 American service members — as “clearly and fatally flawed.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was repeatedly questioned about the US military’s “fatally flawed” withdrawal from Afghanistan. Drew Angerer/Pool/Sipa USA

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Also during Tuesday’s hearing:

 Blinken admitted that officials were still investigating whether a drone strike at a suspected ISIS-K terrorist accidentally killed an Afghan aid worker and nine family members, including seven kids.  Blinken tried to downplay the number of child brides being brought to the US by Afghan refugees.  Blinken’s claim that no one expected Kabul to fall before the US

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