By: Keao Duke Liko
Occupying and administering Afghanistan is a herculean task that few nations have ever had success with. Add the United States to the list of nations that tried and failed.
The Taliban continue to gain in strength, while ISIS is expanding throughout the country. The Taliban, ISIS, various warlords, and the Afghan government all continue to fight each other. Despite spending more on Afghanistan than on rebuilding Europe after World War II, little progress has been made in the past 20 years. With America and our allies leaving Afghanistan by September 11th, it would not be surprising if the Taliban controlled all of Afghanistan within a decade.
Though the Taliban cut a deal to remain peaceful, time was always on their side. Their leader Mullah Omar was correct. America had the watches, but the Taliban had the time. They merely had to wait until the United States decided to leave. They will never abide by any agreements once we are gone. They will rule the country with an iron, authoritative fist and we will eventually be attacked again. The next attack will likely be a virus manufacturer in some terrorist lab in Afghanistan.
Now members of Congress and advocates are pushing for the Biden administration to evacuate more than 18,000 Afghans, to keep a promise many service members made. Advocates say that the United States needs to support Afghans who risked their lives to help American service members. The threat is real and the Afghans who helped us are in danger.
The Taliban recently gained a lucrative new source of income, taking over the main trade gateway into Tajikistan, and beginning to collect customs revenues, as some of Afghanistan’s international neighbors tacitly cooperate with the insurgent group.
The American-built Sher Khan Bandar crossing, north of the city of Kunduz, fell to the Taliban on June 22, with 134 border guards and other Afghan government troops fleeing to neighboring Tajikistan. Since then, the insurgents have seized most of the rest of Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan. Tajikistan merely worked with the Taliban.
Taliban spokesman said that the armed group has the “right to react” if the United States still keeps troops in Afghanistan after September 11th, when the withdrawal is due to complete. U.S. officials have previously reported that roughly 650 U.S. soldiers are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after Washington pulls our forces out and ends our 20-year military presence in the country. The Taliban describe this as a breach of the February 2020 agreement signed in Doha and gives them grounds to attack.
After helping Osama bin Laden attack the World Trade Center, after killing Americans, the Taliban are ordering America out and we are complying.
Besides the Taliban, you know who else is going to win? China. As the U.S. exits Afghanistan, Beijing is preparing to swoop into the war-torn country and fill the vacuum left by the departing U.S. and NATO troops.
China is poised to make an exclusive entry into post-U.S. Afghanistan with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Kabul authorities are growing more intensively engaged with China on an extension of the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—the flagship project of BRI, which involves the construction of highways, railways and energy pipelines between Pakistan and China—to Afghanistan.
We got beat because once again, Democrats would not let our military and our economy win.