Ever since the Afghanistan debacle hit Washington, many politicos have called for widespread punishments and resignations.
The Joe Biden administration has faced immense backlash and criticism for how they handled the withdrawal and evacuation.
And now, one of the highest-ranking officials in D.C. is on the hot seat.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been under fire for the military withdrawal in Afghanistan, and comments he’s made in recent weeks.
Republican leaders have accused Blinken of lying, and of botching the entire operation.
They’re also coming down hard on the continued crisis at the southern border, which they say is another failure of the current administration.
That’s why they believe Blinken should step down immediately.
From Fox News:
Three different Republican congressmen told Secretary of State Antony Blinken to his face on Monday that he should resign over his handling of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
During a recent hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) ripped Biden’s team.
He accused the administration of letting the Taliban seize Afghanistan, and the added border issue makes for a dangerous environment.
Said Wilson, in accusing Blinken for his part in the ordeal:
In American history, American families have never been at a greater risk of attack at home than today.
The global war on terrorism is not over, it has been moved from abroad to American homes.
As the grateful father of an Afghanistan veteran, I especially see your actions as indefensible.
Unsurprisingly, Blinken didn’t react to Wilson’s demand for resignation.
He would only say that he thanked Wilson for “his support for the men and women of the State Department.”
That wasn’t enough for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), though. He echoed his colleague’s call for Blinken to step down:
We have an administration that does not know how to confront an adversary, understanding that they do not respect weakness, they only respect strength.
And it is so greatly unfortunate, the consequences, and I believe that you, sir, should resign. That would be leadership.
Joining the fray was Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN), who became the third member to urge Blinken to resign.
Throughout the Afghanistan fiasco, Republicans have zeroed in on certain members of Biden’s embattled administration.
Blinken is just one of several that is facing tremendous backlash — many have even called for the President to resign.
Of course, it’s unlikely that any of them will voluntarily quit.
However, the GOP and many Americans citizens are making their views clear: they believe there should be consequences for this Afghanistan mess.