The American surrender to the Taliban on Sunday was a disaster, and it remains a big mess. President Joe Biden said that he still feels that he made the right choice and that he wanted to end the endless wars. If he thought that the problem of Afghanistan was going away, some people think that he is wrong.
James Carafano is one of the people who think that Biden “faces three new crises that America will have to confront.” He also said that the future of the Biden presidency and the security of America will be shaped by how Biden addresses the three crises.
Crisis No. 1: The Evacuation of Afghanistan.
Biden was lying when he said the collapse of Afghanistan was inevitable. Even if he was right, a fighting withdrawal could not have been any less catastrophic. Why didn’t Biden plan better to get out people and equipment? Biden had convinced himself, despite military and intelligence advice to the contrary, that defeat was inevitable. He assumed the Taliban would let him make a lightening withdrawal and U.S. forces and civilians would be gone before the country collapsed.
That strategy left no time for a methodical withdrawal. Biden miscalculated. The Taliban had every reason to seek to humiliate the U.S. rather than allow a graceful retreat.
Now, the U.S. faces evacuating Americans, other Westerners, and Afghan refugees. The only option is through the Kabul airport, where access and the ability to use the airspace are only available through the permission of the Taliban….
Biden has to focus right now on getting people out. It will be dangerous and perilous activity for the foreseeable future.
Crisis No. 2: Transnational Terrorism.
There is every expectation that Afghanistan will again become a sanctuary for terrorists. After all, the Taliban controls more territory, more weapons, and more money than it did on 9/11. Further, the Taliban victory will be clarion for Islamist terrorists around the world….
… Biden will need to take immediate steps to deal with this challenge or we will face another 9/11.
Crisis No. 3: China.
Biden just gifted Afghanistan to China. The Chinese will have no problem working with the Taliban. Many in the West will acerbate this by wanting to “normalize” the Taliban, mitigating our failure by claiming perhaps the Taliban won’t be so brutal.
Likely, the “new” Taliban will in the end act just like the “old” Taliban. China won’t care. It will partner with the Taliban….
If Biden doesn’t rise to this challenge, China will control all of South Asia.
Bottom line: The Afghan crisis is far from over. Biden just made protecting U.S. interests a great deal harder.
Biden messed up big when he closed Bagram Airbase and evacuated military personnel before evacuating American civilians and Afghan refugees. He has made the government of the United States – not America – the laughingstock of the world. Our allies question whether they can count on us to keep our word, and our enemies will take full advantage of our weak government. America and Americans are in much more danger now than we were just a week ago. Biden has failed to keep us safe, and he should resign or be impeached – along with his Vice President and all his advisors.