U.S. Foreign Policy Update
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When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared before lawmakers on Capitol Hill, he made an unapologetic defense for the chaotic and bloody withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
In a prepared speech released before the hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, Brinken said that “even the most pessimistic assessment did not predict that the government forces in Kabul would collapse while the U.S. forces still exist” and that “there is no evidence” for longer. The existence of time will change the outcome.
“If 20 years and hundreds of billions of dollars in support, equipment, and training are not enough, why will another year, five or ten years make a difference?” Brinken asked.
“On the contrary, there is nothing better than strategic rivals like China and Russia — or rivals like Iran and North Korea — that want the United States to re-launch a 20-year war and get into trouble in Afghanistan for another decade,” he added. NS.
The Biden administration has been severely criticized for misreading the local situation Afghanistan Before the withdrawal last month, and with the Taliban occupying the country’s main cities and controlling Kabul, the withdrawal will continue until August 31.
In the last days of the U.S. military presence, thousands of people trying to flee the country surrounded Hamid Karzai International Airport. A terrorist attack at the airport’s gate killed dozens of people, including Afghan civilians and civilians. 13 U.S. military members.
At the same time, thousands of vulnerable Afghans who have helped coalition forces in the 20-year conflict Be stayedAnd as many as 200 Americans, some of whom still remain in the country.
“We will continue to help the Americans — and the Afghans for whom we have a special commitment — leave Afghanistan if they want, as we have done in other countries, we have evacuated our embassies, Hundreds or even thousands of Americans stayed there—for example, in Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. There is no deadline for this task,” Brinken said.
He said that even though the Taliban, which was sanctioned by the United States, now controls Afghanistan, the United States will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the country. “Consistent with sanctions, this aid will not flow through the government, but through independent organizations such as non-governmental organizations and UN agencies.”