A US Black Hawk military helicopter over Kabul on August 15, 2021. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul
Many people watched in horror one year ago this week as the Taliban raced over Afghanistan following the disorderly final departure of US soldiers from the nation.
The Afghan National Army vanished, and within a few days, the Taliban had complete authority over Afghanistan, much as they had in 2001 before the US invasion that came after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then, the economy of the nation has crumbled, sending poverty and hunger through the roof to the point of a humanitarian disaster. The Taliban have also severely restricted political opposition and civil rights, especially for Afghan women.
As a result, some detractors label the pullout from Afghanistan as one of US President Joe Biden’s administration’s major failures, if not the biggest. Some contend that the turmoil of the pullout may have given Russian President Vladimir Putin more confidence to invade Ukraine, in addition to the harm done to Afghanistan itself.
The Kabul airlift disaster in the final weeks of the US involvement in Afghanistan may have given the perception that the US was too unprepared or inwardly oriented to deal with a security crisis in Europe, even though Russia had already started amassing forces outside of Ukraine’s borders.
RELATED: Republican House members condemn Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan in new report
House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul appears on CBS’ “Face the Nation” with Margaret Brennan. (Screenshot)
President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan was sharply criticized by Republican members of the US House Committee on Foreign Relations, who pointed to troubling tendencies such the subjugation of Afghan women and the abandonment of allies.
The 151-page “A Strategic Failure: Assessing the Administration’s Afghanistan Withdrawal” report, which was published on August 18th, adds to similar findings in the “Left Behind: A Brief Assessment of the Biden Administration’s Strategic Failures during Afghanistan Evacuation” report by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was published in February 2022.
The Taliban’s “reign of terror” and ongoing mistreatment of women are mentioned in the opening of the new report. Al-Qaeda was given asylum by the previous Taliban administration, which allowed it to plot terrorist assaults that culminated in the attacks of September 11, 2001, which claimed almost 3,000 lives.
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