House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers not to travel to Afghanistan as two House members flew to observe the Biden administration’s failures in the country.
“As veterans we care deeply about the situation on the ground at Hamid Karzai International Airport,” Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) said in a joint statement obtained by Fox News.
“America has a moral obligation to our citizens and loyal allies, and we must make sure that obligation is being kept,” they added.
“Ensuring the safe and timely evacuation of individuals at risk requires the full focus and attention of the U.S. military and diplomatic teams on the ground in Afghanistan,”Pelosi said in the report.
Moulton tweeted from Kabul on Tuesday, “Witnessing our young Marines and soldiers at the gates, navigating a confluence of humanity as raw and visceral as the world has ever seen, was indescribable.”
Today with @RepMeijer I visited Kabul airport to conduct oversight on the evacuation.
Witnessing our young Marines and soldiers at the gates, navigating a confluence of humanity as raw and visceral as the world has ever seen, was indescribable. pic.twitter.com/bWGQh1iw2c
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) August 25, 2021
The move is likely to further anger Americans as they hear reports from lawmakers personally viewing the events. With Aug. 31 as the administration’s deadline to leave Afghanistan, there is much work remaining to safely evacuate every American.
The Biden administration’s failure in Afghanistan may serve as the president’s defining moment. In just seven months, the nation led by American forces for two decades now finds itself in the control of radical Taliban forces.