[August 16, 2021] When you don’t have allies, you don’t have anything. In Afghanistan, we just dumped an ally by turning them over to a terror group known as the Taliban. Perhaps Americans forgot what happened almost exactly to the day, 20 years ago, when Islamic terrorists slammed airliners into buildings making September 11 a day in infamy. Now, under the Biden Administration, the United States is retreating from Afghanistan.
The world watches as an emergency evacuation of the country continues. The debacle will not be punished because the darling of the liberal press is Joe Biden, and he has his fingerprints all over it. Not to be outdone by a total ignorance of reality, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul tweeted out that “June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month … we remain committed to supporting civil rights of minorities …” Kinda hard to support civil right when tanks are rolling down your streets.
The British press is unsparing. From the London Times:
The almost overnight withdrawal of the vast bulk of American troops last month, followed by their counterparts from other Nato countries, set the stage for the collapse of the demoralised Afghan forces.
The Taliban claimed this morning to have seized Bagram air base outside Kabul, from which American troops departed en masse and unannounced on July 4, leaving behind vehicles, equipment, weapons and ammunition.
Withdrawing this way, not unlike what we did in Vietnam and that proved to be an epic strategic and moral failure, will come back to haunt us. One can agree or disagree about pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, but it is impossible to say that it was done right. This looks to be a major foreign policy failure with massively tragic consequences.
I understand that both the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III and Joints Chief of Staff General Mark Milley reminded Biden of what happened when Obama pulled out of Iraq. The reminder should have struck a nerve because Biden was an architect of perhaps the prime mover of that disastrous decision. That sudden withdrawal led to ISIS capturing much of Iraq, establishing a caliphate, and terrorizing the West.
As past Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote about several years ago, “Joe Biden was wrong on every foreign policy issue for 40 years.” It looks like another wrong decision.
The sudden withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO troops from Afghanistan was an unforced error. President Biden led this effort, and now many will suffer dearly for being on the side of the United States. And, Joe Biden will be watching from the comfort of Camp David.
See previous article, “U.S. Retreating from Afghanistan” – https://www.theleadermaker.com/u-s-retreating-from-afghanistan/