(Politicizd) --- In just the past week, Afghanistan, occupied by American troops since the early 2000s, has seen its entire government overtaken by the Taliban. The Taliban, an internationally recognized terror group, has supplanted its own army into power, residing in the Afghan Presidential Palace.
As a result, on Sunday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, fled the country,noting he was evading his own execution and potential kidnapping.
“I had to leave Afghanistan in order to prevent bloodshed, in order to make sure that a huge disaster is prevented... I’m in consultation with others to return so that I can continue my efforts for justice.”
(Translated quote from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani)
Nevertheless, the Afghan leader was greatly criticized and defamed, with his own government officials calling him a coward.
On the other hand, with greater intensity, the majority of the criticism has been narrowed at American President Joe Biden, whose actions, critics say, have been greatly contributed if not caused the current chaos.
According to US officials, former President Trump had negotiated a deal with Taliban, ensuring American troops would leave the country on May 1st, 2021. However, upon Biden's admission to office, the deal was never entirely respected, leading to an unplanned, and rather chaotic dismissal of American troops, late into May 2021.
This remarkably irresponsible strategy has come under fire, with many Americans wondering why the President hadn't better understood his own foreign policy agenda.
In fact, according to a new bombshell New York Times report, American intelligence warned the President and his staff, of the possible ensuing chaos in Afghanistan.
"[By July, many intelligence reports grew more pessimistic, questioning whether any Afghan security forces would muster serious resistance and whether the government could hold on in Kabul, the capital. President Biden said on July 8 that the Afghan government was unlikely to fall and that there would be no chaotic evacuations of Americans similar to the end of the Vietnam War.]"
(New York Times, August 19, 2021)
Yet, in response to these warnings, the President took little action, leaving the unhinged Taliban warriors in a great position to cause mayhem.
Instead, Biden responded lightly, assuring the public, now infamously, that everything was going just as planned.
"The Taliban is not the south—the North Vietnamese army. They're not—they're not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There's going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the—of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable" (President Biden on July 8th)
Embarrassingly, just over a month later, a forced evacuation of American aids and citizens was underway, with thousands fleeing the country to save their lives. Critics say it is 'one of the worst mistakes in American foreign policy history'.
However, to President Biden, this approach was nothing new, with many eliciting the newly resurfaced quotes from Biden's time in the Vice Presidency.
According to George Packer, from The Atlantic, in 2010, [Biden] told Richard Holbrooke, Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, that the United States should leave Afghanistan regardless of the possibly terrible consequences 'for women or anyone else.'
In fact, according to Holbrooke’s diary, when Biden was asked about American responsibilities to ensure Afghans safety, he replied angrily, noting the U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia in 1973.
He then told Holbrooke, a rather shocking belief that America shouldn't care, and hasn't in the past.
‘Fuck that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.’
(President Biden in 2010, regarding the potential exit of American Troops in Afghanistan)
All in all, critics argue these quotes symbolize another exposure of Biden's incompetence in key decision making, especially regarding foreign policy. Further stated, conservatives believe that this time around, Biden likely utilized a similar strategy, where he purposefully neglected the safety of Afghan women and children, paving the way for their now unsafe reality.
Overall, as the conflict continues its course, many are blaming President Joe Biden and his administration for its lack of planning and responsibility regarding the end of the American presence in Afghanistan.
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