US Withdrawal Leaves Afghanistan to Implode under Taliban Advance

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After nearly two decades spent entrenched in a war-torn nation, the United States’ rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan has left the country and its people vulnerable to the rapid advances of Taliban fighters. As of Friday, the Taliban now controls nearly two-thirds of the country. Any “victories” attained over nearly 20 years of war are on track to become a distant memory as a vital corner of the Middle East returns to a pre-9/11 terrorist haven and proves yet another victim of failed U.S. foreign policy. 

The Biden administration’s announcement to withdrawal all U.S. forces by September 11 met with criticism from both those here at home and allies abroad. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described the plans for the precipitous withdrawal as a “grave mistake” and “retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished and abdication of American leadership.” Across the pond, General Nick Carter regarded Biden’s April announcement as “not a decision we hoped for.”

Despite the dismay expressed by some top policymakers and military leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, most did not anticipate the swift deterioration of Afghan defenses that the world has witnessed in the last week. Media outlet, Axios, reported from sources last week that “The Taliban has stunned even some seasoned military and national security officials in the U.S. government with the speed of its conquests over the past week.” 

The Commander-in-Chief remains stalwart in his decision to leave once and for all, assigning full responsibility for the country’s future to its current leaders and military, stating last week that “They’ve got to fight for themselves, fight for their nation.” UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace expressed concern at the implications of the U.S.’s hasty retreat: “Failed states breed poverty, and failed states breed security challenges, domestically inside those countries and also to the international community.” 

Most policymakers agree that no easy solution for ending America’s longest war existed. However, there are most certainly consequences for our withdrawal. Wins for women’s rights realized over the last (almost) 20 years will become a thing of the past. The loss of Western influence and role as a stabilizing force in the region is a certainty. The subsequent rise of terrorism is nearly sure, and as America moves out, China and Russia have room to move in.

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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6 thoughts on “US Withdrawal Leaves Afghanistan to Implode under Taliban Advance”

  1. Maybe the president should send his son, Hunter, into Afghanistan to work with the Taliban since their money crop is cocaine. Who knows maybe they cab help him keep up with his laptops.

  2. My heart goes out to the poor military members who give their all each day to the cause of keeping the Taliban at bay. Now they must exit the nation ignominiously despite their severe stingings of conscience. But they have no choice, thanks to an inept fool of a Commander-in-Chief. And now the Taliban can enjoy the benefits of fine American technology and military resources left behind in a mad rush. Worst of all, our allies now perceive the US as an unreliable ally in time of war.

    1. First opening the wall to emigrants, now opening us back up to terrorists what next do we have to look for from our president!

  3. With all the different tribes over there that rule a different part of the country, the only way any country could hope to control them would be with nuclear weapons, and destroy the whole country. Not much of an option is it?