Senator Cruz Hammers Blinken on Giving American Names to Taliban

After the House hearings, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken undoubtedly thought he could get through these hearings unscathed.

Dems gushed over him on Day One, but that all changed on Day 2.

Senators on both sides of the aisle grilled him, with Senator Cruz (R-TX) hitting him hard regarding the reports the administration turned over manifests to the Taliban.

Cruz Takes on Blinken

I do have to hand it to Senate Republicans in how they handled the questioning of Blinken.

Rather than everyone hitting the same issues over and over, this seemed like a more coordinated attack.

For instance, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) hammered Blinken on the botched drone attack, while Senator Cruz chose to go after the reports of manifests being handed over to the Taliban.

Cruz, when he got his five minutes, asked, “Did the State Department give the Taliban a list or multiple list of Americans and or Afghans that we wanted out?”

Blinken replied, “Those reports and the idea that we would do anything to endanger our citizens or anyone else at a time when we were trying to save their lives [are] flat-out wrong.”

Cruz was referring to a Politico report, which may have gotten some of the facts wrong.

However, Fox News confirmed with U.S. officials that while not “every single person” was given to the Taliban, but some names were “whenever they wanted a specific group to come through.”

This is more or less semantics, though, because we have also seen reports of individuals being refused entry at checkpoints, so how effective the practice of even turning names over in piecemeal is still not known.

When Cruz pushed Blinken on how many names were given to the Taliban, Blinken replied, that it “doesn’t matter.”

I am sure there are quite a few people that would disagree with that.

Cruz also hit Blinken on the constant effort by this administration to pin this debacle on Trump.

He stated, “Mr. Secretary, Joe Biden is the president of the United States, Kamala Harris is the vice president of the United States.

“You are the United States Secretary of State.

“Just like [former President] Jimmy Carter owns the disaster of the Iran hostage crisis, you own this.”

Well done, Senator Cruz.

Source: Fox News

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15 Responses

  1. All these traitors need to put in front of a firing squad along with Harris Shumer peglosi Waters and many other Democrat rats

  2. When the elections happen in 2022 it will be interesting. Surely one honest vote and ten illegal votes for a democrat one legitimate vote and ten lost or switched votes for a republican.

  3. We don’t shoot politicians in the name of treason anymore…just as we don’t shoot people with diverse ideas. That is not to say they should not be punished for these acts of treason – and they ARE. Then what do we do with them? Put them in jail where they eat, drink, play, exercise in a “spa”, get conjugal visits, have a education degree paid for
    and guardians of their lives…probably “decorated cells” are included…WHEN, WHERE, HOW does the “punishment” come into view?

    1. Better think again, yes they can as it will be in a military tribunal for Treason Against the United States of America, not a regular court system, The Judge in the military tribunal will decide if they will receive military jail or a firing squad along .

      Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
      (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

  4. Tell me what one thing Biden has done right. I keep coming up with nothing. He is a complete frailer and should be impeached along with silly Harris.

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