Commentary: US President Joe Biden’s made a giant Afghanistan blunder
WHY NOT MAINTAIN A SMALL FORCE?
Biden had a greater choice: The US may have maintained a small residual pressure in Afghanistan, with a view to present essential air assist and reassurance to Afghan forces.
Sure, this may have violated the deal that Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, struck with the Taliban in February 2020. However the Taliban have already violated that Faustian discount. Biden was comfortable to overturn lots of Trump’s different actions, making his insistence on upholding this deal obscure.
Biden says the US is “growing a counterterrorism over-the-horizon functionality” that doesn’t require a bodily presence in Afghanistan. But when Afghan safety continues to unravel, “over-the-horizon” operations will make little distinction.
The extra probably state of affairs will likely be an emergency evacuation of US embassy personnel and different Americans from Kabul, very similar to the evacuation from Saigon in 1975.
India, for one, has already begun such an exodus, evacuating its consulate employees from Kandahar.
Robert Gates, who served as Secretary of Protection below presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, wrote in 2014 that Biden “has been mistaken on almost each main foreign-policy and national-security challenge over the previous 4 many years.”
The hurried US withdrawal from Afghanistan is about to increase that sample.
Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Research on the New Delhi-based Middle for Coverage Analysis and Fellow on the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, is the creator of 9 books, together with Asian Juggernaut, Water: Asia’s New Battleground, and Water, Peace, and Battle: Confronting the World Water Disaster. PROJECT SYNDICATE