Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal The former commander of U.S. Blinken pushes back against Republican criticism at Afghanistan hearingUS secretary of state says Biden administration inherited Taliban deal to end the war with no plan for carrying it out Blinken faces Senate on Afghanistan after 5+ hour grilling before House panel"We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan," Blinken told lawmakers Monday. Blinken pushes back on GOP criticism of Afghan withdrawalWASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken pushed back Monday against harsh Republican criticism of the handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the Biden administration inherited a deal with the Taliban to end the war, but Blinken to defend Biden on Afghanistan at hearingSecretary of State Antony Blinken is set to defend the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of U.S. 'We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan': Blinken defends Afghanistan exit during testy House hearingBlinken defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan during a contentious House hearing, which included GOP calls for his resignation. Afghanistan blame game shifts to U.S. Congress as Blinken testifiesSecretary of State Antony Blinken will testify twice to Congress this week about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, as lawmakers kick off what could be a long series of high-intensity hearings about the chaotic end to America's longest war. Blinken to testify to U.S. Congress on Afghanistan next weekSecretary of State Antony Blinken will testify at least twice in Congress next week as lawmakers examine the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, after Senate and House of Representatives committees promised aggressive investigations.