Opinion: Why Biden’s Opinions on the Afghan Terror Attack Make No Sense

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On the one hand, the hundreds of American citizens who remain in Afghanistan. The International Rescue Committee estimated earlier this month that 300,000 Afghans have worked with the United States to some extent, while the New York Times reported on Wednesday that around 250,000 Afghans who have worked with the states -United remain in Afghanistan.
On the other side are the terrorists who launched the attack on Thursday at Kabul airport, killing 13 US servicemen and at least 170 others.

The Biden administration’s self-imposed August 31 deadline has now become a “red line” for the Taliban. At the same time, the Kabul airport is clearly very dangerous.

This means that some Americans and a much larger number of Afghans will be left in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

After August 31, some of those Americans and Afghans who helped the United States may attempt to evacuate by land to neighboring countries like Pakistan. They are expected to cross large swathes of Taliban-controlled territory, or cross Afghan provinces such as Nangarhar on the Afghan-Pakistani border where ISIS has maintained a presence for many years.

After the airport attack, Biden spoke at the White House and continued to defend his withdrawal decision with a remix of specious arguments he has already made.

First, that al-Qaeda has left Afghanistan, when a recent UN report indicates that the group is present in some 15 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
Second, that Afghanistan was never a united country, despite the fact that Afghanistan united as a country in 1747, before the United States existed.
Third, Biden has again suspended his decision to withdraw from the deal former President Donald Trump made with the Taliban, even though the group did not reject al-Qaeda, a key point of that deal. Indeed, the UN published a report in June according to which al-Qaeda and the Taliban “remain close, based on ideological alignment, relations forged by common struggle and intermarriage.”
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Note that Biden had no qualms about getting rid of other policies he inherited from Trump, such as reinstatement in the Paris Climate Agreement and returning to the World Health Organization.
And Biden again asserted Thursday that if he had not made the withdrawal, he should have authorized a large American fighting force, when in fact the relatively small number of 3,500 American troops and 7,000 Allied troops. , mainly from NATO, in the country was helping to maintain a fragile status quo in which the elected Afghan government remained in power.

Biden also pointed to other allegedly pressing terrorist threats in other countries as the rationale for the pullout. This was right after ISIS-K carried out what the Pentagon described as a “complex” attack on Kabul airport that left several dozen dead.

A U.S. drone strike on Friday killed an ISIS-K planner and another ISIS-K member, who a U.S. defense official told CNN were “associated with potential future attacks at the airport”. Biden was told on Friday that another terrorist attack at the airport was “likely.”
Is there a greater terrorist threat today than Afghanistan? The UN says thousands of “foreign fighters” have flocked to Afghanistan in recent months, energized by Taliban victories, to join jihadist groups such as Al Qaeda.

Just when you think Biden’s unforced error of unilaterally and incompetently withdrawing from Afghanistan couldn’t be worse, it is.


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