In the wake of the chaotic exit from Afghanistan, which cost the lives of 13 military personnel, Republican disapproval is falling on the Pentagon strategy chief, Colin Kahl.
Khal ranks third in the Defense Department’s chain of command, and assumed the post four months ago, despite the unanimous rejection of his nomination by congressional Republicans, according to The Washington Free Beacon Sept. 2.
“In Kahl, we have someone not even qualified for a security clearance at the center of President Biden’s incompetently planned and disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan,” said Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Unqualified for his job, a liability to American national security,” argues Josh Block, a Hudson Institute foreign policy scholar and former Clinton administration State Department official, adding, “needs to be removed or made to resign.”
In fact, Afghan military commanders had warned him 24 hours before the “mass casualty” attack that could occur near Abbey Gate, where a suicide bomber killed the 13 U.S. servicemen, according to Politico.
Kahl, too, having served as Biden’s national security advisor in the Obama administrations, is being blamed for repeated missteps on the international stage.
He defended the Iran nuclear deal and spoke at multiple events organized by the National Iranian American Council, a pro-Iranian regime lobby group.
In addition, he opposed sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, a promoter of Iran’s global terrorist operations. Kahl also protested the assassination of Iranian terrorist chief Qassem Soleimani.
On the other hand, he pushed the now-disproven conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election. “The evidence is now irrefutable” Kahl asserted at the time.
He also pushed the now-discredited Christopher Steele dossier in posts on Twitter. Even though it was just a rumor, Steele used it as if it were fact and sold it to the FBI, in an attempt to impeach Trump.
In addition to Kahl, lawmakers had already called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley.
The entire dramatic sequence of failures resulting from the precipitous U.S. exit from Afghanistan has been harshly condemned by many lawmakers, and its consequences are still uncertain.
For his part, author and historian at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Victor Davis Hanson, provided his insights.
“It is the beginning of a never-ending bad dream. Joe Biden and the Pentagon have managed to birth a new terrorist haven, destroy much of U.S. strategic deterrence, and alienate our allies and much of the country,” Hanson conceptualized.
For Hanson, “Something is terribly wrong in the ranks of America’s top commanders that reflects something wrong with the country,” noting that they have dedicated themselves to imposing the “woke” culture, but have yet to respond to the concerns generated by the failure in Afghanistan.