Pentagon says Rep. Peter Meijer’s Afghanistan visit diverted personnel from mission

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      Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press 1 hr ago

      Defense Department officials on Wednesday confirmed they were given no advance notice of a trip made to Afghanistan this week by U.S. Reps. Peter Meijer of Michigan and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and that it diverted personnel from their duties.

      “To say there wasn’t a need to flex and to alter the day’s flow… including the need to have protection for these members of Congress… that wouldn’t be a genuine thing for me to assert,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday morning. “They certainly took time away from what we had been planning to do that day.”

      “We were not aware of this visit and we are obviously not encouraging VIP visits to a very tense, dangerous and dynamic situation,” Kirby added.

      Meijer, R-Grand Rapids, and Moulton, a Democrat who represents a district north of Boston, have been criticized by some Biden administration officials for making the unauthorized trip to Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul as American forces manage an massive evacuation ahead of U.S. troops’ planned withdrawal on Aug. 31.

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      than these two clowns, both Iraq War vets, going over in a chartered plane….Apparently there are still 1,500 Americans awaiting a way out.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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      So the military is so overstretched, at their stronghold, that they couldn’t spare a few people, whose jobs likely includes walking around and inspecting things, to walk with two Congrescritters so that they could walk around and inspect things, within the most secure spot America still has in Afghanistan?

      What, should those escorts have been behind sandbags, heavy machine guns ready to fire on the perimeter?

      P.S. Guess whose job it is to actually declare wars. Hints: It’s not the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or the President.

      P.P.S. Guess who decides how much of the budget goes to the military? Hints: Same as the above.

      P.P.P.S Supposedly the two Congress Critters made sure that the seats they took weren’t going to be occupied. And if the Pentagon is this rattled by a spot inspection, then it might have been an overdue one. I’m old enough to remember how the military was similarly put off during other periods of The Forever War. But Congress kept going to Viet Nam anyway, and was shook by what they saw. And much of it eerily foreshadowed what we’ve learned these past few weeks.

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