With the Taliban’s massive victory in Afghanistan, why didn’t critics of President Joe Biden leave the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops to support the local government?
This is the number of American soldiers Afghanistan When பிடன் Arrived at the White House in January.
His predecessor, Donald Trump, drastically reduced the US military presence in the country to 15,000 at the start of his term.
Following the signing of the agreement between the United States and the Taliban on February 29, 2020, it appeared that there were still 2,500 soldiers and 16,000 civilian aides to keep the Afghan government in power. February. May.
For more than a year, the Taliban intensified attacks against Afghan forces, but their victories were confined to the countryside, not strategically.
As agreed with Washington, attacks against NATO forces were reduced. No American soldier died Afghanistan From February 2020 onwards.
According to critics பிடன்This is proof that the Afghan government, with the support of the rest of the world, can oppose the Taliban’s advance.
“We had only 2,500 men, a light presence, no chaos, not a single soldier killed in a year of fighting.Republican opposition leader Mitch McConnell recalled this week in the Senate.
“Find a Balance”
பிடன், Who has been arguing for a long time to leave Afghanistan, Taking the time to reflect on the beginning of his tenure, announced in mid-April United States He will step down three months later than Trump planned.
Alternatively, he explained this week, “Can we respect the agreement or are we ready to fight the Taliban again?”.
Without a departure deadline, which was finally set for August 31, the rebels would have resumed their attacks, he added.
The impact of the decision is enormous. The Taliban intensified their military campaign, while Afghan troops stopped fighting and gave the cities no resistance until the fall of Kabul on August 15.
In a column published in the Washington Post, military historian Max Boot accused பிடன் The disintegration of the Afghan army.
“Many say 2,500 men would not have made a difference“, But “The events of recent months refute that argument: the Taliban’s final offensive began shortly after the withdrawal of US troops was completed.“, Wrote.
பிடன் And critics acknowledge that the Afghan government and military were deeply dependent United States. When technical, military and financial support was withdrawn, the Afghans were crushed.
Critics point it out United States There are 2,500 troops stationed in Iraq, not counting the tens of thousands in Germany, South Korea or Japan after the Cold War.
They say such a presence could have prevented access to the power of a regime allied with Al Qaeda.
But for பிடன் And the human and material cost of supporting its allies, the corrupt and incompetent Afghan government, is not justified. The effect would have been the same in five years, Biden estimated.
His national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, further stressed that the Afghan army was already losing ground. Trump.
“What has happened in recent weeks clearly demonstrates that it would have been necessary to stop the Taliban’s advance in a much higher military presence than it was when President Biden took office.“He added.”And we would have died”.