Biden’s Dangerously Reckless Afghan Withdrawal is Horribly ‘Trumpy,’ says Scholar in Washington Post

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This is my second recent piece based primarily on an establishment media news source. It appears that as we get farther away from the Trump presidency, more establishment figures are noting the failures of the current Biden administration. In this case, unfavorably comparing Biden to Trump with regards the dangerously reckless Afghanistan withdrawal.

And in this case, I agree. Trump was horribly, recklessly, and dangerously wrong on rapidly withdrawing from Afghanistan, and so is Biden. And the more we learn of this Biden strategic fiasco, the worse it looks.

While nominally conservative, Max Boot is notoriously anti-Trump, so his criticism of President Biden’s Afghan withdrawal holds considerable weight.

In his Washington Post (WP) piece, Biden’s exit from Afghanistan has been very TrumpyBoot writes:

In Europe, President Biden is being lauded as the anti-Trump. But in his first major foreign policy decision as president — the pullout from Afghanistan — he acted in a very Trumpy fashion. Which is to say, he made an impetuous, ideological decision without adequate planning or preparation. The more we know, the worse it looks.

To recap how we got here: Then-President Donald Trump signed the worst deal of the century with the Taliban in 2020. The United States agreed to pull all of its troops out of Afghanistan within 14 months and to force the Afghan government to release thousands of Taliban prisoners. One of the few promises the Taliban made in return — “not to cooperate with groups or individuals threatening the security of the United States and its allies” — has already been violated. The United Nations reports that the Taliban remains “closely aligned” with al-Qaeda.

Because the Taliban is not fulfilling its side of the bargain, Biden should have kept the 2,500 to 3,500 U.S. troops who serve as invaluable advisers for Afghan forces. Instead, Biden announced on April 14 a withdrawal to be completed by Sept. 11. The clumsy symbolism — rewarding al-Qaeda’s allies on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — recalled Trump’s harebrained plan to meet with Taliban leaders around Sept. 11, 2019. 

Military leaders urged Biden to leave a few thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Biden ignored them — just as Trump so often ignored expert advice. The Post reports Biden spoke only once with the top U.S. commander in Kabul via a video feed before announcing a pullout. He hardly consulted with allies either, forcing them to pull their own troops because they couldn’t stay without us.

No agreement was negotiated beforehand with either Pakistan or one of Afghanistan’s neighbors in Central Asia to base U.S. aircraft. Flying drones or manned aircraft from the Persian Gulf region will be costly and risky and leave little loiter time over Afghanistan. As a result, the New York Times reports, the CIA is left with “few good options” to “gather intelligence and carry out counterterrorism strikes.”

The situation is especially dire because the Biden administration appears intent on forcing the withdrawal of U.S. contractors who keep Afghan military aircraft flying. “Without the contractors’ help,” NBC News reports, “Afghan forces will no longer be able to keep dozens of fighter planes, cargo aircraft, U.S.-made helicopters and drones flying for more than a few more months, according to military experts and a recent Defense Department inspector general’s report.” If Afghan forces are denied air cover — which they have come to rely upon — the risk of a Taliban victory increases exponentially.

For all these reasons, and many, many more, Biden’s horribly reckless Afghan withdrawal is as bad or worse than the plan Trump had. And there really is no valid strategic, moral, or military justification for Biden doing it.

An orderly, well-planned withdrawl, leaving some troops in place, maintaining Bagram Air Base, and continuing to provide air support, and allowing contractors to coninue supporting the Afghan military, would have been the sensible, moral, stratgically sound, and anti-Trump approach.

But as it is now, Biden’s horrible pullout should go down as one of the worst U.S. foreign policy decisions of recent times, equaling, if not surpassing, the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Read the entire piece by Max Boot in the Washington Post here. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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glenn edward davis
glenn edward davis
3 months ago

I suggest we plan to stay in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future. Let’s say 10,000 years at the minimum or until it becomes our 51st state, whichever comes first.

Lloyd Gilham
Lloyd Gilham
3 months ago

Worst deal of the century? Why is this moron allowed to be published. Guess he didn’t hear about the JCOP and restarting funds to the Palestinians for sending hundreds of rockets into Israel. Max should be banned from his keyboard until he is vaccinated for his horrible case of Cranial Rectosis.

Judith
3 months ago

How many years have we been there now and they still can not take care of themselves, If other countries can not stay there without us they must not send many troops there we should not have to take care of the whole world

fabian
fabian
3 months ago

Relax we can always come back. In the meantime Afghans will kill Afghans. And then what? If that’s what they want.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…PREZ TRUMP Did LISTEN to EXPERT ADVISE. HE Listen ed to GOD’S DAUGHTER. I Advised HIM About the WUHAN LAB..the CHINESE GOVT Threat..the TERRORISTS..the WHO…PLANNED Parenthood…etc etc GOD Appointed ME to HELP PREZ TRUMP and I Will CONTINUE to Do SO. I AGREE Some U.S. TR. OOPS Must REMAIN in AFGHAN to KEEP the TERRORISTS at BAY. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Pa John
Pa John
3 months ago

On the other hand, under Trump the US achieved energy independence for the first time since the 1950’s. The protesters who chanted “No more blood for oil!” should have been very happy, but they were strangely silent as we no longer needed to worry about middle eastern oil so much. Then when Biden took office and immediately closed the XL pipeline and began shutting down federal arctic leases and so forth, the anti-war crowds continue to stay strangely silent as we return to a state of dependency on middle eastern countries which hate us. Oh, and doing all this while clearing the way for Putin’s Russian pipeline to be completed and earn them countless billions. Who is Putin’s puppet again?


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