US President Joe Biden | Photo: SARAH SILBIGER / EFE

Three of the most powerful politicians in the Democratic Party of the United States Senate in the last few hours have demanded an explanation from President and co-religionist Joe Biden about the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and have pledged to open several inquiries to find out. that happened. false. .

The three who took the initiative are Senate Foreign Relations Committee Presidents Bob Menendez; the Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner; and the Armed Services Committee, Jack Reed.

In a statement, Menéndez said he was “disappointed” that the Biden administration “clearly failed to accurately assess the implications of a quick exit.”

“We are now seeing the horrific results of many years of political and intelligence failures,” said Menéndez, who is of Cuban origin and has maintained an independent stance on government foreign policy, even criticizing some of Biden’s decisions.

As chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, he said he would hold a Senate hearing to examine Donald Trump’s administration’s “failed” negotiations with the Taliban which resulted in an agreement to withdraw nearly 20 troops. years after the September 11 attacks.

This hearing will also aim to assess the “failed” execution of this plan by the current Biden administration, Menéndez added.

For his part, Reed said the Senate Armed Services Committee would hold hearings to find out “what went wrong” in Afghanistan.

And on Monday, Warner said that as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he wanted to work with other lawmakers to ask the “hard and necessary” questions about why the United States is unprepared to deal with rapid Taliban advance and collapse. of the Afghan government.

“We owe these answers to the American people and to all those who have fought and sacrificed so much,” said Warner.

The statements by the three senators reflect the frustration felt by the Democratic and Republican parties over the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, which left images of desperation at the Kabul airport as Afghan citizens clung to planes over about to take off in an attempt to escape the Taliban.