Massachusetts congressman continues to defend unauthorized Afghanistan visit

Two members of congress, one of them from Massachusetts, are defending their trip to Afghanistan.

Representatives Seth Moulton and Peter Meiher of Michigan are both military veterans who went to Afghanistan to see the situation for themselves.

The two congressmen were interviewed for the first time together on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday.

They say what they realized from their unauthorized trip is the U.S. has very little leverage with the Taliban and has few choices there.

“This was preventable because we wouldn’t have had to put Marines in this position if we had started the evacuation much earlier, but I don’t want to lose sight of the heroism of these Marines because in spite of this terrible position that they were put in, they were doing unbelievable work,” Rep. Moulton said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has discouraged lawmakers visiting Kabul, arguing that it might divert badly needed resources from the evacuation.

 

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