In scenes that sparked the US-led evacuation of Saigon in 1975, U.S. officials shredded and burned classified documents at the U.S. embassy in Kabul before being deployed on Chinook military helicopters for evacuation, even when Taliban fighters were evacuated country. Ashraf Ghani fled after the Biden government pulled the plug on his fragile government.
Condemnation, anger and shame dominated US political discourse as President Joe Biden blamed Donald Trump’s predecessor for the fiasco, and Trump, in turn, blamed Biden and Democrats for what experts said. that it was one of the greatest failures of the American intelligence services ever.
U.S. military planners had predicted that Kabul would fall within months, if not weeks. But as it turned out, it took just days and hours for the Afghan capital to fall before the Taliban advanced as they converged on Kabul from across the country.
Biden himself said on July 8 that “there will be no way you can see people moving away from the roof of a US embassy in Afghanistan … The Taliban are overpowering everything and occupying the whole country is very unlikely.” However, that is exactly what is happening just 24 hours after US intelligence officials suggested that Kabul could withstand the Taliban’s advance for 30 to 90 days.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s remarks came as Biden said on Saturday that the Afghan government and its military were responsible for halting the Taliban’s advance, with US officials saying the president was ordering about 5,000 US troops back. to help evacuate US government personnel. , US citizens and allies, not to help Afghan forces fight the advancing Taliban.
“When I took office, I inherited an agreement reached by my predecessor – which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on 9/11/2019 – that left the Taliban in the strongest military position since 2001 and imposed a May 1 deadline. 2021 for US forces. Shortly before leaving office, he also reduced US forces to a minimum of 2,500. So when I became president, I was faced with a choice – to continue the deal, with a brief extension to pull out our forces and allied forces safely, or to strengthen our presence and send more American troops to fight for another once in a civil war in another country, “Biden said in a statement Saturday, indirectly blaming Trump for the mess, adding that” another year, or five more years, of US military presence would not make a difference. whether or not the Afghan army can or will not occupy its own country. ”
“I was the fourth president to chair an American troop presence in Afghanistan – two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not pass him and I will not pass him in the fifth,” he added.
Trump and his allies attacked the fiasco to denounce Biden as weak and unstable, especially after the US president ordered US troops to return to Kabul after withdrawing a few days earlier, even before the complete evacuation of US troops. and citizens.
Demanding analysts have blamed Democratic and Republican administrations for America’s disgust. “President Biden is responsible for making this decision, but there is no doubt that President Trump, his government, Secretary Pompeo also have a very important responsibility for it. They have followed this path of legitimizing the Taliban,” she said. Liz Cheney, Republican lawmaker, and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Some commentators have blamed Presidents Obama and Bush, saying they regretted that the United States should have left Afghanistan immediately after the assassination of Osama bin Laden and should never have been involved in nation-building.