Joe Biden promised to end the longest war in the United States during his campaign, but his presidency may be remembered for presiding over the violent overthrow of the Afghan government. Taliban.
Republicans are trying to take advantage of the biggest setback of the emerging Biden presidency and focus on next year’s elections, when the control of Congress will be threatened.
Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, said on Thursday: “President Biden’s decision allows us to move towards a worse sequel to the humiliation and fall of Saigon in 1975.” McConnell said that the Taliban’s offensive passed “burning us down.” The Embassy in Kabul” raised concerns about Islamists who celebrated the 20th anniversary on September 11.
Republican Lindsey Graham issued a warning on Twitter: “It is only a matter of time before our homeland is threatened again. Afghanistan. “
The cover of the conservative tabloid “New York Post” used simpler words: “Biden’s Saigon” made the headlines. “We abandon women to the barbaric practices of the Taliban.”
The Pentagon said on Thursday that it would 3,000 troopsThis includes aircraft that can take people out of the Afghan capital and a reserve brigade of 3,500 soldiers to Kuwait in case the security situation deteriorates further.
Biden, who has long opposed nation-building missions and the Obama administration’s order to increase troops, said that if American soldiers stay after the deadline negotiated by former President Donald Trump, they will face the risk of attack.
A Democratic aide said that many Republicans who support the Trump administration’s drawdown are now just playing politics and “trying to obstruct the president.”
Despite the rapid deterioration of security officials’ assessments, US officials believe that the fall of Kabul can still be avoided and are holding talks with the Taliban in Doha.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “The president is firmly focused on how we can continue to downsize and protect our men and women serving in Afghanistan in an orderly manner.” “He does not regret his decision.”
So far, it seems that Biden has not lost his own domestic political support because of this disaster. Although some pro-national security Democrats initially appeared to have broken their positions, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said she was “very disappointed” with the withdrawal, none of her colleagues had publicly criticized it in the past week.
A State Department official deleted a tweet on Friday morning, saying that when she woke up, she was “in a heavy heart, thinking of all the Afghan women and girls I worked with during my time in Kabul.” She said that the United States cannot protect them and they will lose everything. The US State Department told the Financial Times that she “voluntarily” deleted this tweet.
The Washington Post published a column on Thursday, addressing many left-leaning critics, entitled: “The destruction or loss of the lives of Afghans will become part of Biden’s legacy.”
Critics pointed the finger at the speed of the government’s withdrawal and refused to use the term “evacuation” to describe the evacuation of embassy staff under the protection of an infantry battalion, which officials said may involve multiple flights a day.
They also said that even though Biden boasted that “the United States is back,” the United States may still prove to be an unreliable ally.
“If the worst happens, history may make President Joe Biden and his government take personal responsibility,” former US military commander in Afghanistan John Allen said in a statement. Opinion Draft on Friday.
Human rights defenders, including some in the Biden administration, warned that the atrocities of the Taliban may constitute war crimes. If the Taliban controls the ultra-conservative Islamic rule, women and girls will face terrible fate.
“[I]It’s easy to doubt whether history will blame the human rights and humanitarian disasters there on the United States,” said Andrea Prasow of Human Rights Watch. She added that many aspects should be blamed, but the United States violated Own human rights rarely put the interests of the Afghan people first.
Security experts also argued that the victory of the Taliban could make possible the threat of jihadist against the United States, and the US invasion in 2001 was designed to stop this threat.
At the same time, the Biden administration accused the Trump administration of being helpless, the Afghan security forces failed to fight, and the Taliban failed to negotiate.
Biden made his decision to withdraw on the grounds that the Al Qaeda that launched the September 11 attacks had almost collapsed. However, despite a report by the United Nations in June that the number of Al Qaeda has dropped to a maximum of 500, the organization still maintains extensive contacts with the Taliban and has offices in 15 provinces of Afghanistan.
“[I]If the Taliban do succeed, they are likely to let Al Qaeda cooperate with them,” a US official told the Financial Times.
Experts say that before al-Qaida or the local branch of ISIS, the mortal enemy of the Taliban, has a foothold in eastern Afghanistan, countries in the region, including Pakistan and India, will most directly feel the threat of jihad. U.S.
Lahore political scientist Hasan Askari Rizvi (Hasan Askari Rizvi) said: “Pakistan will be strongly opposed.” “If Kabul has a Taliban government, it will give Pakistan a hardline Islam. The group is bold.”
Indian officials also worry that the success of the Taliban may increase radical activity in Kashmir, as happened when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s.
Officials believe that Biden’s withdrawal policy will help promote his victory in 2020. After more than 2,400 people were killed and 20,000 injured in the United States, the domestic support rate for his decision to withdraw remains high.
As the Taliban’s strength increased, the public support of the two parties decreased slightly. The Politico-Morning Consult poll conducted by the White House showed that the approval rate for his decision fell from 69% in April to 59% last month.
The victory of the Taliban, the humiliating withdrawal, further atrocities and the fall of Kabul may further reduce this support. Poll experts say that terrorist attacks on US territory may change everything.
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During that time, the Taliban took active actions against the United States,” said
David Paleologos, director of the Center for Political Studies at Suffolk University, added that his approval rate among independents is declining.
At the same time, the two parties still strongly oppose overseas intervention.
Sean McElwee of Data for Progress, a Democratic polling agency, said: “Afghanistan will be a very important place for the elite.” “But for ordinary voters, this will not be a high priority.”
Additional reporting by Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad
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