WASHINGTON – Biden’s ‘America is back’: When President Joe Biden announced last month that he would pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the end of August, he declared it “speed is safety”.
But the rapid withdrawal of Taliban militants from the country not only raises questions about Biden’s withdrawal plans but also tests his foreign policy promise of “America is back“.
Madiha Afzal, a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, said, “Biden is going to pay a high price in terms of international credibility.
Afzal said, “Falling Afghanistan has severely reduced his message of restored American leadership,”. “And not just the decision to withdraw that message, but the administration’s muted and disconnected response to how fast things are unfolding in Afghanistan.”
The Taliban’s rapid march across Afghanistan had to send thousands of troops to help evacuate U.S. embassy staff. America is back. “
Biden is determined to put an end to America’s “Forever War”, speaking to reporters earlier this week as Taliban fighters continue to seize 34 provincial capitals in Afghanistan. After taking control of the country’s second and third largest cities, Herat and Kandahar, the terrorist organization Kabul is close to power.
While government officials have predicted the Taliban would resurgence, this dramatic move underscores Biden’s risk in his longstanding desire to end the war.
‘America is back’ or not?
After four years of former President Donald Trump’s isolated foreign policy, President Trump used his first visit to Europe in June to convey the message that ” America is back ” while consolidating partnerships with Western allies as part of a broader strategy to stifle China’s growth.
Gerald M. Feierstein, senior vice president of the Middle East Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, said there could be some cost to the U.S. standing in the region, despite European allies supporting the rapid withdrawal.
Feuerstein said he felt the administration’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, suspend its combat mission in Iraq, and in recent months move US patriotic anti-missile batteries out of Saudi Arabia was “deteriorating US commitment to maintaining its security commitments.” “
He said it would have major implications when it comes to other foreign policy priorities, such as Biden’s goal of returning to the Iran nuclear deal.
Although foreign allies understand the change in Afghan politics and US interests, the chaotic discovery of the withdrawal will benefit Russia and China – which Biden has labeled as the biggest foreign policy threat facing the United States.
Mark Jacobson, a former NATO senior civil representative in Afghanistan, said: “a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan could obscure Biden’s other foreign policy achievements in the years to come.”
“Russia and China are going to build this in their articles in support of their argument that the United States is not credible and that perhaps world leaders should look to other countries,” he said. “It will be far more harmful and long-lasting than worrying about whether our major allies will trust our commitment to them.”
Biden is adamant about his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, a vision he had as vice president under former President Barack Obama. Although he voted in favor of the 2001 coup to use the military force that provoked the war as a senator, Biden was one of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration’s escalation in Afghanistan and opposed the decision to increase its military presence there in 2009.
The White House has closely insisted on continuing to provide air support, food, and equipment and pay military salaries, but eventually, Afghan leaders will carry the burden.
“They have to fight for themselves, they have to fight for their country,” Biden told reporters earlier this week.
Note the fact that the Afghan forces quickly sank, although some observers supported Biden’s decision to withdraw 20 years of training and support.
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Jack Weinstein, a former Pentagon official, and international security expert called Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan “extremely bold.”
“This president has two choices, and the choices that all of his predecessors must make are: Will you stay in Afghanistan forever? Or will you reduce your risks and move to a more strategic and crucial aspect of the United States?”
The Department of Defense released a national defense strategy in 2018 that suggested the United States focus on China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But, “when you are trapped in Afghanistan, you can’t focus on all the other activities,” Weinstein said.
Others say the Afghan military was created in the hope of strengthening the U.S. and air power.
Fierstein, who served as director of the State Department for Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh from 2000 to 2003, said there was a debate at the time about whether it was wrong to create a military base in Afghanistan. U.S. lead financier for equipment and resources.