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Rep. DeFazio: 'Inevitable' Outcome In Afghanistan Tied To Rumsfeld's Decision

U.S. Department of Defense

With the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban has quickly overrun the Middle Eastern nation.

U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio calls the situation “a mess” that was inevitable, and blames the George W. Bush Administration and Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) at an August 2018 event in Springfield.

“Rumsfeld made the worst foreign policy mistake in the history of the United States of America, and diverted all our troops and all our efforts, into Iraq to go after non-existent weapons of mass destruction," DeFazio told KLCC.

"He told the Afghans, 'Osama Bin Laden’s in Tora Bora, go get him.'  And Osama Bin Laden bribed his way out.  Which is just the way the Taliban took over the country, they’ve used bribes, they’ve used threats. We should not be trying to impose our culture, our values, on a medieval country.” 

DeFazio is calling on the Biden Administration to expedite the evacuation of all Americans, and Aghans who helped the U.S. 

President Biden has drawn heat from critics from both political parties, but stands by his decision.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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