Local lawmakers on Afghanistan collapse



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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) — Central Illinois’ Congressional delegation all agreed the scenes from Afghanistan on Sunday were horrifying, where they differed was where to place blame.

Both Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D IL-17th District) said the war could not go on indefinitely. “…An endless American military presence risking thousands of additional American troops was not sustainable,” said Bustos in a statement.

In his statement, Durbin blamed at least part of the current situation on the previous administration, “While good people can have honest debates about US policy in Afghanistan, those who sat silently when Donald Trump pursued a hastily US withdrawal and now cry howls of outrage reek of hypocrisy.”

Across the aisle, Central Illinois Republicans were frustrated with actions taken by President Biden and his administration. Congressman Darin LaHood (R IL-18th District) writing, “…Biden owns the horrific scenes to come from Afghanistan and his actions threaten the security of America and our allies.”

Rodney Davis (R IL-13th District) told 25 News that while he opposed President Trump negotiating with the Taliban, the Trump Administration would not have carried out an evacuation that “left our allies hanging.”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R IL-16th District) told CNN both parties share the blame.

“The Republicans have failed you and the Democrats have failed you, the last president failed you on Afghanistan and this one is failing you on Afghanistan,” he said on Monday.

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