The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan will most likely not end the “eternal war” for the United States, but will simply lead to the administration of President Joe Biden being dragged into a new, even more dangerous phase of this conflict. This development of events predicted The Washington Post…
As the newspaper notes, the withdrawal of the Americans from Afghanistan was supposed to put an end to the almost 20-year US presence in the country and save the American authorities from the problems associated with it. Ultimately, however, the Biden administration risks finding itself in an even more difficult and dangerous situation for itself.
Thus, the decision of the US President has already been harshly criticized due to Washington’s inability to promptly remove from Kabul all American citizens and Afghans who have been cooperating with the American military all this time. In addition, the chaotic nature of the withdrawal operation, including the deaths of 13 American troops and hundreds of civilians as a result of the attacks near the Kabul airport, questioned Biden’s competence as a manager and the adequacy of his statements about the possibility of restoring peace and tranquility in Afghanistan. Also, there are still doubts that the representatives of the radical Taliban movement (prohibited in Russia) really capable of running the country and ready to keep the promises made earlier – not to restrict the rights of women and not to persecute citizens who worked for the Americans.
Now the Biden administration will face two serious problems, experts say: a humanitarian crisis in the form of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, which the United States is already wary of, and a growing terrorist threat from groups that will be able to operate freely in Afghanistan again after the Americans practically lost the ability to collect intelligence in the region. “It’s not enough just to end the war. You have to show that you are dealing with the consequences, ”explained Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to former US President Barack Obama.
In turn, Daniel Pletka, senior researcher at the conservative analytical center American Enterprise Institute, noted that the current situation will be a turning point for Biden’s presidency, which will determine the general attitude of citizens towards his stay in power. “If Biden is lucky, he will become the new Jimmy Carter (39th President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – approx. “Lenta.ru”). If he is unlucky, he will incur another September 11, ”the expert suggested.
According to The Washington Post, Biden’s political opponents from the Republican Party can take advantage of the problems that the United States faced during his presidency – from the still raging coronavirus pandemic in the country to a “catastrophic” withdrawal from Afghanistan, to strengthen their positions ahead of the next elections. In addition, the situation in Afghanistan may cost the posts of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan – the possibility of their dismissal has already begun to discuss some Democrats from the House of Representatives.
Earlier, the Pentagon spokesman, the head of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM), General Kenneth Mackenzie, said that the United States had completed the operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan. The moment, he said, marked the end of the Americans’ 20-year mission.