The country has not experienced such a “catastrophe” since the Iranian hostage crisis at the American embassy under Jimmy Carter.
Pence noted that the decision of the current president disgraced the United States on the world stage and also made allies doubt the reliability of the country. The former vice president said that such a decision “defamed the memory of Americans who served in Afghanistan for the last 20 years.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is convinced that the U.S. hastened the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. According to her, after the departure of the American forces,” the Afghans were left blaming how everything ended.”
“No, they didn’t choose the Taliban,” Rice said.
In her opinion, twenty years of Americans ‘ presence in Afghanistan was not enough to overcome the path from “the rule of the Taliban in the style of the VII century and the 30-year civil war to a stable government.”
She also wondered whether the U.S. military could have prepared the government forces more strongly to protect the statehood.