After the debacle over the repatriation of local workers and the evacuation of Germans from Afghanistan, the FDP is now calling for an investigative committee. The BND and its “misjudgment” should also play a role in this.
FDP leader Christian Lindner has called for a committee of inquiry into Afghanistan. There everything must come on the table in the next legislative period, “that did not work,” said Lindner of “Bild am Sonntag”. “Also, what systematic weaknesses we have in these missions. That must be clarified and redesigned.” The “misjudgment” of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) on the situation in Afghanistan must also have consequences, said Lindner. “It may have to be set up again.”
The German government had already admitted that it had been surprised by the speed at which the militant Islamist Taliban came to power in Afghanistan. On Thursday, politicians from the Greens, the FDP and the Left had already reserved the right to set up a committee of inquiry in the Bundestag after the election on September 26th.
The opposition accuses the government of having delayed the departure of Afghan aid workers from the German armed forces and the federal government. An evacuation mission by the Bundeswehr started earlier this week. In the course of the withdrawal of international troops, the Bundeswehr had ended its almost 20-year mission in Afghanistan at the end of June.
When asked about the responsibility of Foreign Minister Maas (SPD) and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), Lindner said: “The events documented a terrifying helplessness. The federal election is therefore also a vote on whether Mr Maas and Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer are theirs Should continue work. ” As a consequence of the failure in Afghanistan, Lindner demanded a review of all German military operations abroad: “All Bundeswehr operations abroad must be thoroughly evaluated. Are our goals realistic? Is there a prospect of withdrawal? In general, I am of the opinion that building a state through military intervention is not realistic from the outside unless there is broad support for it from within. “