Biden’s Afghanistan Exit Raises Questions About His Foreign-Policy Record

During the 2020 political campaign, President Biden introduced himself as a world-trotting chief who experienced helmed the Senate International Relations Committee, served as President Barack Obama’s stage person on intricate global concerns and who was decided to deliver a constant hand to countrywide security.

But the turmoil that has engulfed Afghanistan, which has led Mr. Biden to send out 4,000 troops again to the country only months immediately after he experienced taken one,five hundred out, has confronted the White Home with a crisis that could have lasting humanitarian and countrywide-security effects, former officials say.

“We are not at the worst stage nonetheless,” mentioned Carter Malkasian, the creator of a thorough history of the Afghan conflict who served as an adviser to former Joint Chiefs of Workers Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford. “It is hugely likely the Taliban will march into Kabul, overturn the democratic authorities we have been supporting for 20 many years and seek out to punish, if not execute, the Afghans who worked with us.”

Mr. Biden has resolutely defended his troop withdrawal determination, indicating that Washington experienced attained its mission in the region by killing Osama bin Laden and depriving al Qaeda of its sanctuary in Afghanistan, and experienced practically nothing to obtain by perpetuating its military deployments in the country.

“One additional year, or 5 additional many years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a change if the Afghan military can not or will not keep its own country,” Mr. Biden mentioned in a statement Saturday. “And an infinite American presence in the middle of yet another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me.”