As the old saying goes “a successful operation has a thousand fathers, but a failed one is an orphan.” 

Congress has been frustrated thus far in getting to the bottom of the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco as the Pentagon and the State Department continue to deny responsibility and point fingers at each other.

Senior officials from the Pentagon and State Department are doing their best to pass the buck in Congressional hearings about the events.

“When the State Department is here and we asked them a question they say, ‘Well, you have to ask the Defense Department that,'” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) during a recent hearing. “And now today, again, Defense Department people are before us. And the question was asked and the answer… was, ‘Well, you’ll have to ask the State Department that.'”

“I object to the continuation of that,” Senator Wicker said. 

Back in September, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, during a closed session with senators, blamed the State Department, saying officials “waited too long” to order the operation.

However, two senior State Department officials told Politico that Milley never pushed for an earlier evacuation in the days before Kabul fell.

The timing of the Afghan evacuation is at the heart of the dispute between administration officials about exactly who recommended what — and when. The Defense Department is saying that it urged State to begin the evacuation soon, while the State Department says that the military never objected to its withdrawal timeline.