‘Unmitigated disaster’ – Republicans pick at Biden’s defense of Afghan pullout

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By Phil Stewart and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. lawmakers tried on Wednesday to pick apart President Joe Biden’s defense of his withdrawal from Afghanistan as they attacked his judgment and honesty during a second day of contentious Congressional hearings with Pentagon leaders. Biden has faced the biggest crisis of his presidency over the war in Afghanistan, which he argued needed to be brought to a close after 20 years of stalemated fighting that had cost American lives, drained resources and distracted from greater strategic priorities. Republicans have accused h…

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