REPORT: State Dept. IG Launches 'Series of Investigations' Into Biden Afghanistan Debacle

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The State Department’s inspector general has reportedly launched “a series of investigations” into hapless Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan —including abandoning U.S. citizens.

As reported by Politico on Monday, a memo dated last week from the equally hapless Secretary of State Antony Blinken, obtained by Politico, said the investigations will focus on “the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa program; Afghans processed for refugee admission into the U.S.; resettlement of those refugees and visa recipients; and the emergency evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul ‘to include evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals.’”

Gee, look who’s already no doubt minimizing the hell out of the breaking news.

Diana Shaw, the State Dept.’s acting inspector general, in a letter also obtained by Politico, informed several congressional committees on Monday of the investigations her office is conducting. Shaw told top lawmakers her office was launching “several oversight projects” related to the end of the U.S. military and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan.

“Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work.”

Shaw also sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the intelligence committees in both chambers, among others, according to Politico.

State OIG spokesperson Ryan Holden downplayed the news, insisting “reviews” — not “investigations” — were taking place.

“State OIG notified its committees of jurisdiction today of planned projects in the areas you mention. This work will be conducted in coordination with other members of the IG community.

“However, it is inaccurate to say that these projects are investigations. We indicated to Congress that these projects will be reviews.”

Hmm. Politico specifically referred to the actions as “investigations.”

Either the OIG spokesperson is minimizing — solely for political expediency — or Politico is on point. Far be it from me to sidle up to the latter, but I’m putting my money on Politico, here.

Here’s more, from the report:

Other inspectors general offices, including those at the Defense Department and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, are likely to also probe the events, which many critics argue was partly the result of a failure to properly coordinate among multiple departments and agencies in the weeks and months after President Joe Biden ordered a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.

The Pentagon’s IG recently announced three reviews related to the evacuation: an evaluation of the botched drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians instead of the Islamic State target; a review of DoD’s screening process for displaced Afghans; and an audit of DoD support for the relocation of Afghan nationals.

Specifically:

The Pentagon’s IG recently announced three reviews related to the evacuation: an evaluation of the botched drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians instead of the Islamic State target; a review of DoD’s screening process for displaced Afghans; and an audit of DoD support for the relocation of Afghan nationals.

Seven of those Afghani civilians were children.

Incidentally, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin recently announced the Pentagon is offering “condolence” payments to the families. How about resignations — at least — Mr. Secretary?

And Biden? Who is solely to blame for pulling the trigger? What about his ass him? What about the entire disaster? He’d “do it again,” as Biden has said in various iterations.

Worse, as we reported in August, Biden flat out lied to the American people on several occasions, including about the state of the situation on the ground as the collapse occurred, and his utter nonsense about military advisors — and NATO allies — supporting his inexplicable decision.

Joe Biden lying. Who knew?

Only now, as was the case with Richard Nixon and Watergate — I’m not suggesting Watergate carried the gravity of Afghanistan — the walls are beginning to close in on Biden, his lies, and his disastrous decisions.

Gen. Colin Powell, who died on Monday, reportedly due to complications from COVID-19, believed what he termed the “Pottery Barn rule.” If you break it, you own it. Joe Biden broke the trust of America, NATO, and Afghani allies, and perhaps worst of all, the “no man left behind” rule.

Biden can lie, obfuscate, minimize, deflect — whatever the hell he wants to do that his nearly 50 years in Washington, D.C., have proved, time and again, he is more than willing to do.

But Joe Biden owns Afghanistan.

And the investigations continue.