Isn’t it funny to watch, the Democrats at each other’s neck? It is, but it is a welcome relief to see Joe Biden receive criticism over his terrible decision to pull the USA out of Afganistan, just as talks with the Taliban were reaching a climax. This brash decision is a mistake because it signals to the Taliban that they no longer have to agree to the terms, they can simply wait for the Americans to leave.
Clinton gave her thoughts to CNN on the issue.
“Well, it’s been made, and I know it’s a very difficult decision. This is what we call a ‘wicked problem. You know there are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving.”
Clinton added that there would be “huge consequences” to America’s withdrawal, including the Taliban’s reassurance has a strong military power in the country. “The potential collapse of the Afghan government and a takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban probably with a resumption of civil war in certain parts of the country,” she said. “But a largely, Taliban-run government at some point in the not-too-distant future.”
On a point in which we don’t agree, Clinton said that Biden should open America up to refugees from the nation:
“I hope that the administration in concert with the Congress will have a very large visa program and will begin immediately to try to provide that channel for so many Afghans to utilize so that they are not left in danger.”
She added her fears over a sudden withdrawal:
“We’ve seen a really sharp drop in both capacity and action on behalf of Islamic terrorist groups,” Clinton said. “I don’t think we can count on that staying in a downward spiral if the Taliban continued to provide refuge to international terrorist groups.”
“It’s one thing to pull out troops that have been supporting security in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan military, leaving it pretty much to fend for itself,” she said, “but we can’t afford to walk away from the consequences of that decision.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meanwhile had to walk back on Bidens statements:
“Just because our troops are coming home doesn’t mean we’re leaving,” he said. “We’re not. Our embassy’s staying, the support that we’re giving to Afghanistan when it comes to — economic support, development, humanitarian, that — that remains. And not only from us, from partners and allies.”