Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said on CNN Friday that U.S. officials and the Biden administration should have seen the Taliban takeover coming based on information and intel they had available before the takeover occurred.
“[W]e should have been able to predict the chaos that is occurring today. We had information about how the Taliban could likely control the country. We should have been prepared to take necessary steps faster,” Cardin said.
Cardin said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley did not answer questions asked of them in a briefing on Friday about the situation in Afghanistan.
“We asked questions, what happens to someone who’s not in Kabul that we’re trying to get to, how are they going to get that information?” Cardin said. “How are they safely going to be able to get to the airport? There [are] a lot of questions that went unanswered.”
There are thousands of Americans and Afghans who helped America still stuck in Afghanistan, and some have been unable to get to Kabul airport, which is under U.S. military guard, to leave the country.
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