House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has continued to push for investigations into the January 6th rally-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol. Yet she has remained uncharacteristically circumspect on the recent pullout from Afghanistan by the Biden administration.
The Globe attempted to contact Speaker Pelosi last Friday, and after several voicemail messages to her Washington, D.C. office, her district office in San Francisco, and to her press office, we finally spoke with a representative Monday, and asked the following questions:
Q: Is the January 6, 2021 rally-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol more worthy of congressional investigation than the Biden administration’s pullout of Afghanistan, and the deadly bombing attack outside Kabul airport which killed 13 U.S. Troops and more than 90 Afghans?
Q: Afghanistan was stable until a few days ago: Why is the deadly botched pullout not being investigated?
Her press representative said he would get the questions to the Speaker. However, we have not had a response yet.
The many months since the January 6 Capitol rally have been filled with press statements, news articles and plans for investigations.
“January 6th was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, with five people killed, 140 members of law enforcement physically harmed and countless more seriously traumatized,” said Speaker Pelosi. “It is clear that January 6th was not simply an attack on a building, but an attack on our very democracy: an attack on the peaceful transfer of power. It is imperative that we find the truth of that day and ensure that such an assault on our Capitol and Democracy cannot ever again happen.”
Speaker Pelosi’s official Twitter feed is peppered with posts about suffragettes and “barriers to full equality,” threats to voting rights in Republican-led states, and prayers “for the lives lost” in Kabul, Afghanistan, but nothing calling for a full Congressional investigation into the botched pullout and subsequent terror bombing attack.
Pelosi’s statement on the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport also does not demand an investigation:
“As we work with the Biden Administration to bring stability to the situation, Congress must continue to be kept closely informed, which is why I have requested that the Executive Branch continue to brief Members,” Pelosi’s official statement says. “At the same time, our Committees of Jurisdiction will continue to hold briefings on Afghanistan.”
Another Tweet “strongly condemns” the attack:
The United States House of Representatives strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack outside Kabul airport. We mourn the loss of every innocent life taken, and we join every American in heartbreak over the deaths of the servicemembers killed.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 26, 2021
In February, Pelosi called for a 9-11 style commission to investigate the January 6 “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol. “Pelosi announced plans to form the commission in February,” CNN reported. “The goal was to create an independent, bipartisan panel tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack on the Capitol.”
By April, The Hill reported that Pelosi “yielded to certain GOP demands surrounding the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 rampage at the Capitol, but she’s sticking to at least one Democratic stipulation: the probe, she said, must focus on that singular event.”
Republicans insisted “that the commission should examine not only the attack of Jan. 6, but also other episodes of political violence over the last year, including those surrounding the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests that took place following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.”
In May, Speaker Pelosi issued a statement on “Republican refusal to investigate January 6 insurrection.”
In a July 1, 2021 Press statement, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi today named her appointments to a bipartisan Select Committee to examine and report upon the facts and causes relating to the terrorist mob attack on the United States Capitol Complex on January 6th, 2021.”
August 14, 2021, Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on the situation in Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s announcement that the United States would be pulling the military out by the end of the month: “The President is to be commended for the clarity of purpose of his statement on Afghanistan and the actions he has taken.”
“Most of all, we join the President in acknowledging the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families,” Pelosi said in the August 14 statement.
Fox News reported August 27, the day after the terrorist attack on the Kabul airport and US Troops, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barely addressed the crisis in Afghanistan this week as the House of Representatives met for a few days to move along some of the Democrats’ domestic legislative agenda, then closed up shop as terror threats grew.”
“The most significant comments from Pelosi on Afghanistan came in a press conference in which she said, ‘Our hopes and prayers and thoughts are with the people there,'” Fox News said.
Thus far, Speaker Pelosi refuses to answer for the pullout of Afghanistan, yet has insisted that the United States cannot move forward as a country until the January 6 rally-riot “insurrection” is thoroughly investigated.
Why is the Afghanistan pullout not being investigated by the Speaker of the House after the terror attack killing 13 U.S. Troops and more than 90 Afghans?
Is the January 6 Capitol riot more worthy of investigation than the pullout in Afghanistan?
The Globe will be posing this question to members of California’s Congressional Delegation from both political parties.
Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the military service members who were killed in Afghanistan last week, according to Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla):
How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?
They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week.
Don’t you think our military deserves better?
— Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) August 31, 2021
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