The impact of America’s capitulation to the Taliban.
A harsh winter has descended upon Afghanistan. Everyone who is still there is now trapped, in hiding, and cold, very cold.
In Bamiyan province, through which the Silk Road once flourished and the towering statues of Buddha once stood, an Afghan woman’s naked body has just been found.
The State Department motto, “Diplomacy In Action,” has always seemed vainglorious, and after seven months of Joe Biden at the helm, a rebranding seems in order.
We’re back to Sept. 10, 2001, except that both our enemies and our allies are now watching the American giant return to his slumber. Expect serious repercussions to follow.
What began as Israeli intelligence assistance against Al-Qaeda grew into larger cooperation against ISIS • Devastating attacks transformed America’s view of international terrorism • Whether Afghanistan again turns into Sunni terror hub an open question.
The Taliban, like most jihadis, are players in someone else’s chess game.
The real shame is that the president, in his zeal to “end the war,” never figured out that the United States had effectively already won it.
Earlier in his career, Biden appeared to grasp that America has dangerous and determined enemies who cannot be appeased. What changed his mind?
One can only hope that the 2021 Taliban has learned the lessons of both the 2001 Taliban and Islamic State.