Congressman Wittman Calls for Afghanistan Commission

Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia and Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, both GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday that they are calling for a commission to review the 20-year U.S. tenure in Afghanistan after what Wittman termed a “botched” U.S. withdrawal.

Wittman, R-1st, said the commission would be based on panels such as the 9/11 Commission, established after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Wittman said that for nearly 20 years U.S. forces “endured great hardship and suffered thousands of casualties” in an effort to suppress terrorism and “establish a stable, democratically elected government in Afghanistan” that could hold off the Taliban. “Within days of the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, the government collapsed. Since then, not a single leader involved in this withdrawal has accepted responsibility for this debacle.”

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