WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2023 — U.S. Senator Katie Britt (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Homeland Security subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today released the following statement regarding the National Security Council’s newly released review of the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan executed in summer 2021 on the orders of President Biden:

The Biden Administration’s statement today on the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan is an insult to the 13 courageous American service members who lost their lives on August 26, 2021, in Kabul. After 18 months, President Biden wants to leave the American people with no transparency, no accountability, and no lessons learned – this is no way to move forward. 

Not only was the Biden Administration’s withdrawal a fatal calamity, it was also a historic embarrassment that projected weakness across the globe, emboldening our adversaries, alienating our allies, and setting our national security back years. This President refuses to take responsibility for his failures, which only makes it more likely that they will be repeated in the future.

Attempting to deflect the blame to the previous administration is brazenly putting politics above getting real answers. The American people deserve better.”

Senator Britt on March 28 voted to support a measure that would have established a congressional Joint Select Committee on Afghanistan to investigate the withdrawal from Afghanistan.