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Was the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan inevitable?

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17.08.2021

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The swift collapse of the Afghan government has reinforced US President Joe Biden’s argument that nothing more could have been done. But was the Taliban’s victory inevitable?

To critics of Biden’s decision to end America’s longest war, the 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan in the final months proved that the United States could provide some stability — helping preserve women’s rights and counter-terrorism operations — at a cost negligible by Pentagon standards.

Biden and his allies dismiss the argument, saying that US troops were safe only because the Taliban held fire as part of a withdrawal deal.

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security advisor, said that while Kabul’s fall had not been “inevitable,” the Afghan government did not use the capacity built by the United States.

“What we learned over the course of the past two weeks is if we had we had stayed one more year, or two more years, or five more years, or 10 more years, no amount of training, equipping or money or lives lost by the United States was going to put the Afghan army in a position to be able to sustain that country on its own,” Sullivan told NBC television.

Lucas Kunce, an Afghan war veteran running for Senate in Missouri, put it bluntly: “I was there. Today was inevitable. Anyone who tells you differently is either lying or would have kept us there forever.”

Former president Donald Trump, who has fiercely attacked Biden over the fall of the Afghan government, appeared himself to acknowledge inevitability days........

© The Times of Israel


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