“The likelihood that there’s going to be a Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely,” Biden falsely claimed.
The Taliban have taken their fifth provincial capital in a matter of days. That was inevitable since the current strategy of pulling back to hold major cities while allowing the Taliban to overrun rural areas before besieging cities created a false sense of security.
Biden’s response has been to send in the B-52s from the US base in Qatar.
It’s a silly and pointless stunt that’s meant to prove some cover for the inevitable disaster.
The outcome in Afghanistan was entirely predictable.
The United States should have pulled out a long time ago. And should have done so without negotiating with the Taliban or trying to forge some sort of coalition. Nation-building in regions that have no nations are a dead end. But it’s also why we are likely to get dragged back into Afghanistan anyway. Al Qaeda set up shop in Afghanistan because of its regional proximity, especially to Pakistan, because of the Taliban’s patronage, and because it was also a kind of political no man’s land. As the Taliban retake Afghanistan, Islamic terrorist groups will go on using it as a base. It may be tempting next time around to try nation-building again, but hopefully we’ll settle for doing something novel, like destroying the enemy.