The reaction by the American people to the disastrous manner in which a feeble-minded President Joe Biden mismanaged the exit from Afghanistan should not be confused with support for the United States maintaining a presence in the Central Asian country.
After 20 years, most agreed it was time to come home, which could have been accomplished with honor with a competent commander in chief. Former President Donald Trump understood this and put that process into motion.
Which is not to say that neo-con interventionists like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., don’t relish an opportunity to return to Afghanistan — under the guise of fighting terrorism, of course.
In an interview with the BBC, Graham insisted that the idea of a new and improved Taliban is a myth and said they will provide safe haven to al-Qaeda.
“Whether you like Trump or not, whether you believe it’s Trump’s fault or Biden’s fault, here’s where we’re at as a world: The Taliban are not reformed, they’re not new,” Graham said. “They have a view of the world out of sync with modern times. They’re going to impose a lifestyle on the Afghan people that I think is going to make us all sick to our stomach.”
“But most importantly, they’re going to give safe haven to al-Qaeda who has ambitions to drive us out of the Mid East writ large and attack us because of our way of life,” the GOP senator continued. “We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria.”
Taken aback by the remark, BBC host Stephen Sackur interrupted, “Hang on. You seriously think the United States will once again, in the foreseeable future, put troops back into Afghanistan?”
“We’ll have to. We’ll have to. Because the threat will be so large,” Graham said. “It will be a cauldron for radical Islamic behavior.”
“Why did we go back to Syria and Iraq? Why do we have 5,000 troops in Iraq today?” he asked the BBC host. “Because of the caliphate rising, projecting force outside of Iraq, killing Americans. killing the French, attacking the British. So yes, it will be a cauldron for radical Islamic behavior. You cannot deal with this over the horizon.”
Graham then offered a solution, which involves the U.S. intervening in the affairs of another country. A plan that goes against the Trump doctrine.
“We are ending the era of endless wars,” the former president said last year during his commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, adding that it is not the job of U.S. forces “to solve ancient conflicts in faraway lands that many people have not even heard of.”
“Here’s my solution,” Graham proclaimed. “Help the resistance in the Panjshir Valley. The Taliban will not be able to govern Afghanistan, they’re hated by the Afghan people. What’s going to happen over time is you’re going to see the resistance rise. ISIS will come after the Taliban large, and the entire country is going to fracture in the next year, creating a perfect storm for Western interests to be attacked.
“You can do one of two things: You can say that’s no longer my problem, let it build and get hit, or hit them before they hit you,” he concluded.
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