Afghanistan Watchdog Goes OFF in Hearing: ‘Hold People Accountable, Congresswoman! Hold People Accountable!’

Afghanistan watchdog John Sopko went off during a congressional hearing Wednesday about the lack of accountability for the chaotic U.S. withdrawal.

Sopko has served as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction since 2012, and his office had been sounding the alarm about Afghanistan for several years. After Afghanistan fell fo the Taliban, he said the speed of it was surprising, but “the fact that the ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] could not fight on their own should not have been a surprise to anyone.”

In an August report titled “What We Need to Learn: Lessons from Twenty Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction,” Sopko concluded rather bluntly, “If the goal was to rebuild and leave behind a
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