The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan will most likely not be the end of the “eternal war” for the United States. Still, it will simply lead to the fact that the administration of President Joe Biden will be drawn into a new, even more dangerous phase of this conflict. This development was predicted by The Washington Post.
According to the publication, the withdrawal of Americans from Afghanistan was supposed to end almost 20-year-old U.S. presence in the country and save the American authorities from the problems associated with it. However, as a result, the Biden administration risks finding itself in an even more difficult and dangerous situation for itself.
Thus, the decision of the U.S. president has already been severely criticized due to Washington’s inability to quickly remove from Kabul all American citizens and Afghans who have been cooperating with the US military all this time. In addition, the chaotic nature of the withdrawal operation, including the death of 13 American servicemen and hundreds of civilians as a result of terrorist attacks at the Kabul airport, called into question Biden’s competence as a manager and the adequacy of his statements about the possibility of restoring peace and tranquility in Afghanistan. There are also still doubts that representatives of the radical Taliban movement are really capable of governing the country and are ready to comply with the promises made earlier — not to restrict the rights of women and not to persecute citizens who worked for Americans.
Now the Biden administration will face two serious problems; experts say – a humanitarian crisis in the form of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, whom the United States is already wary of, and an increase in the terrorist threat from groups that will be able to operate freely in Afghanistan again after the Americans have practically lost the opportunity to collect intelligence in the region. “It is not enough to end the war. You have to show that you are coping with the consequences,” Ben Rhodes, deputy national Security Adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama, explained.
In turn, Danielle Pletka, a senior researcher at the conservative analytical center American Enterprise Institute, noted that the current situation would be a turning point for Biden’s presidency, determining citizens’ general attitude to his stay in power. “If Biden is lucky, he will become the new Jimmy Carter (the 39th president of the United States, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize). If he is not lucky, he will cause another September 11, ” the expert suggested.
According to The Washington Post, Biden’s political opponents from the Republican Party can use the problems that the United States faced during his presidency – from the coronavirus pandemic still raging in the country to the “catastrophic” withdrawal from Afghanistan to strengthen their positions ahead of the next elections. In addition, the situation in Afghanistan may cost the positions of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan — the possibility of their dismissal has already been discussed by some Democrats from the House of Representatives.