Despite the GOP's complete lack of substance
their accusations, disrespect & calls for him to resign
Today's House Foreign Affairs Afghanistan hearing worked out well for SOS Blinken
Gave him a great opportunity to tout Biden's messaging re leaving
And he did a great job
Blinken today:
“After 20 years, 2,641 American lives lost, 20,000 injuries, and two trillion dollars spent, it was time to end America’s longest war,”
“There’s no evidence that staying longer would've made the Afghan security forces or the Afghan gov't any more resilient or self-sustaining. If 20 years & hundreds of billions of dollars in support, equipment and training did not suffice, why would another year, or five, or ten?”
After GOP Rep Ann Wagner called the pull-out "disastrous" Blinken said: "We made the right decision in ending America's longest war .. in not sending a 3rd generation of Americans to fight & die in Afghanistan.
"We did the right thing by our citizens by working feverishly to get them out”
And re Trump's 'deal' with the Taliban he said: “We inherited a deadline, we did not inherit a plan”
Re SIVs:"There had not been a single interview of an SIV applicant in Kabul for nine months, going back to March of 2020 .. The program was basically in a dead stall. Within two weeks of taking office, we restarted the SIV interview process in Kabul.”

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1 Sep
Per WaPo:
Republican OK Congressman Markwayne Mullin threatened U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Pommersheim when he was told he couldn't enter the country
Where is he now?
No one seems to know..
Helluva story here:
2/"The call to the U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan came in Monday. On the line, two U.S. officials said, was Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) with an unusual and urgent request:
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Here's the letter the Select Committee sent to the National Archives today requesting documentation related to Trump, Pence, & Trump's band of political appointees & family dated from the election to 1/6
"All documents and communications within the White House on January 6, 2021, relating
in any way to the following:
• the January 6, 2021, rally;
• the January 6, 2021, march to the Capitol;
• the January 6, 2021, violence at the Capitol;
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• Donald J. Trump;
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To be on the Vineyard in August...
Alan Dershowitz got his ass handed to him by Larry David
In a grocery store..
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Dropped late last night that the WH has decided Americans should get Covid vax boosters 8 mos after their 2nd shot
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House is back next Monday
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Moderates still don't agree & want BIF first..
Per Punchbowl: "the stare down continues"
The letter:
Most important from Pelosi's letter:
"Our goal is to pass the budget resolution the week of August 23rd so that we may pass Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda via reconciliation as soon as possible. To that end
"I have requested that the Rules Committee explore the possibility of a rule that advances both the budget resolution and the bipartisan infrastructure package. This will put us on a path to advance the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill.."
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House Dem moderates sent yet another letter to Pelosi Tues, screaming for passage of BIF NOW rather than after reconciliation
So far, they've cowed to her
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Getting dicey?…
Per Punchbowl this am:
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