“Dude, that was like two weeks ago,” former Obama Administration National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor told Fox’s Brett Baier in 2014, when the anchorman asked him a question about the Benghazi attack, where a U.S. ambassador and three security personnel were murdered in Libya.

While Vietor is busy today, saving the world with his Los Angeles-based podcast, his fresh, evergreen approach to blemishes on the nation’s honor appears to be embraced by the current White House team.

In choosing the tough medicine of a quick, messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden Administration gambled on the likelihood that something occurring in the throes of August would be forgotten by Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It’s already looking like they made a safe bet.

Americans who were apoplectic that former President Trump was never held accountable for any particular outrage, because he was so prodigious at sparking the next one in time to lead the coming media cycle, now seem to be in a world-weary “meh” mode. The thirst for accountability seems quickly forgotten, now.

Unfortunately, Congress doesn’t seem up the task of providing a check on an executive that seems to stumble from one mess to the next. Hearings held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week on the Afghan pullout quickly took on a theatrical air. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) even asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken who in the White House has control of the button rumored to exist that cuts Biden short when he rambles. Americans deserve a more serious inquiry.

Two weeks ago, I asked both Maine senators where they stood on whether the President should fire responsible staff for the bungled, even if ultimately necessary, retreat. Angus King’s spokesman provided me with a copy of an op-ed the junior senator authored in TIME magazine, counseling no rush to judgment in response to my specific question whether National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan should be canned.

Spoiler alert: he should.

Susan Collins’ office, by contrast, refused repeated attempts to get my specific question answered. Her spokesman assured me she was very concerned about the sloppy manner where we withdrew from the Central Asian state, including leaving loads of military hardware. But on the Sullivan question, she was silent.

While nominally an Independent, Sen. King caucuses with the Democrats, so his position is pretty predictable. It has the benefit of playing to the Vietor rule, but never mind. Sen. Collins is a senior Republican who went out of her way to be tough on former national security advisor Susan Rice on Benghazi, so why is she keeping mum on the current occupant of that office?

Sullivan, at 44 years old, is the youngest person to be top security policy aide to an American president. He and the also youthful Vietor were colleagues in the Obama administration, and he’s worked as a staffer to both Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose policy shop he ran during her failed 2016 presidential campaign.

He came to his current job with a parade of accolades: POLITICO first failed his “inexorable rise,” and later quoted Joe Biden calling him the “greatest talent of his generation.”

On-the-job performance suggests otherwise.

In Washington, oily figures like Sullivan have a way of slithering into a convenient crevice until the storm passes, so chances are he won’t be fired. Even though the central failure of our withdrawal, experts agree, is the lack of coordination between agencies – something his office exists for the purpose of providing. A scapegoat in a uniform makes an easier target.

Enter: General Mark Milley.

Before last week’s release of excerpts from legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward’s latest book, Milley was already in the hot seat. Then came the news: he called Beijing after Jan. 6 and assured the Chinese Communist Party’s military leadership he’d let them know if we were going to attack — a clumsy and arguably seditious way of saying we weren’t planning on nuking China.

Biden has, through spokeswoman Jen Psaki, assured the general he has his back. But if Milley wants a second opinion on how safe he should feel in his post, he might ask former NATO commander in Afghanistan, retired General Stanley McChrystal, who was sacked for joking about Biden to a reporter (himself later killed in a tragic car accident).

Of course, it’s also entirely possible that no one is held to account. After all, dude, Afghanistan? That was like two weeks ago.

Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.