Blinken faces demand for resignation in acrimonious start to Afghanistan debacle review

A hearing billed as the first part of a major evaluation of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan featured criticism of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and calls for his resignation.

“Your bizarre abandoning of Bagram Airfield led directly to 13 Marines murdered in Kabul,” Rep. Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, told Blinken after endorsing a newspaper editorial that accused President Joe Biden of telling “six lies” about Afghanistan. “You should resign. I yield back.”

Blinken declined to acknowledge Wilson’s criticisms, merely thanking him for praising the quality of the State Department’s diplomatic corps instead. Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, came to
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