Almost twenty years after ordering troops into Afghanistan, former President George W. Bush criticized President Joe Biden’s order to withdraw remaining personnel as endangering women, girls and those who’d supported the US and the Afghan central government.

Bush during an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle warned that the consequences of withdrawing US and NATO troops from Afghanistan will be “unbelievably bad.”

“I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm,” Bush said, characterizing the pullout as a mistake without saying how he would quell the violence or when US troops should leave the longest war in its history.

The former president, who has largely refrained from making political remarks since leaving office, also expressed concern about Afghans who worked as translators or offered other support to foreign troops. “They’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart,” Bush said.

Bush said he believed German Chancellor Angela Merkel “feels the same way.”

The war in Afghanistan, part of the broader “war on terror,” began under Bush. The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, not long after the 9/11 terror attacks that were carried out by extremists, mostly from Saudi Arabia, acting on the orders of al Qaeda leaders like Osama bin Laden thought to be based in Afghanistan. Roughly two decades later, the US is ending its military operations but the war on terror rages on.

The “global war on terror” that was launched by the Bush administration has killed over 800,000 people in direct war violence and led to the displacement of at least 37 million, according to a report from Brown University’s Costs of War project. The federal government also places the cost of the war on terror at over $6.4 trillion.

The war on terror remains among the most controversial aspects of Bush’s legacy, and scholars have widely characterized it as a major failure that damaged US credibility around the world.

Biden continues to defend the Afghanistan withdrawal as the Taliban makes gains

The human and economic cost of the conflict is a large part of the reason Biden, who as a senator voted in favor of the laws that paved the way for war on terror, has moved to end US involvement in Afghanistan.

Proponents of the withdrawal say it’s long overdue, and that the US has already lost too many lives and resources in the country. Opponents of the pullout say it’s too hasty and will effectively hand the country to militants on a silver platter. The Taliban recently said it’s taken over 85% of the country’s territory, though it’s difficult to verify this. According to The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Taliban currently controls 195 of the country’s 407 districts and is contesting another 129.

There are serious concerns about the ability of the Afghan military to maintain control of the country and prevent the Taliban from taking over. Almost as soon as US troops in early July departed from Bagram, the largest air base in the country, it was ransacked by looters. Control of the airbase was transferred over to the Afghan military, but local officials claimed the US did not coordinate with them and left in the dead of the night.

Earlier this week, CNN released video footage of 22 Afghan commandos being executed by the Taliban as they attempted to surrender. Responding to this report, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a US Air Force veteran who flew missions in Afghanistan, tweeted, “This is horrible – yet it’s the reality of announcing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Removing the peacekeepers and leaving the Afghan people without support is a grave mistake, Mr. President.”

Meanwhile, the Taliban continues to make gains as local militias pop up to challenge it, propelling the country further and further into a state of civil war.

On Friday, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged the “deteriorating security situation” in Afghanistan, just one day after Biden gave a full-throated defense of the withdrawal.

The president announced the pullout in April, and last week said the US military mission in the country would be complete by the end of August. Biden has rejected the notion a Taliban takeover of the country is inevitable in the absence of US troops, expressing confidence in the Afghan military’s capacity to keep the insurgents at bay.

“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build. And it’s the right and the responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country,” Biden said in an impassioned speech. “Nearly 20 years of experience has shown us that the current security situation only confirms that ‘just one more year’ of fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution but a recipe for being there indefinitely.”

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  1. An absolute and complete dog and pony show
    Much like that turncoat and fake republican George Bush, Biden is just another lackey of the military industrial complex. In less than one year we will once again be gearing up for another quagmire of a war in the middle east. While actual threats to our way of life go completely unchecked the endless conflicts in the middle east will reign supreme in our foriegn policy. Taiwan will be taken by China Hing Kong will be subjugated and more American lives will be sacrificed in the name of the almighty dollar. There’s no solution to a nonstop theological conflict that has lasted for over 500 years yet very soon Biden will have his justification for mobilization of our military in full force. These day to day so called social justice issues are no more than a distraction to keep us from looking at what’s truly going on behind the scenes. We must understand that Biden has been a career politician for 50 years and he’s not what he’s being portrayed as. Regardless of whether or not you believe the election was rigged the fact of the matter is nobody reaches to the level of US president without the silent and hidden support of the real powers in this country. In the 60 years of watching the politics of our nation only one thing remains consistent and that’s the fact that the moneyed interests behind the scenes always call the shots. Their only interest is in protecting their money and their power. We’ve seen the divisive rhetoric time and again with no resolution and no changes. The poor and indigent remain poor and indigent. The disenfranchised remain disenfranchised. War has been an economic solution since the inception of government for thousands of years. We see Americans being pitted against each other in the most despicable and heinous way with no apparent concern from either side of our so called leadership. Ghettos are still filled with people who have been duped over and over but we see no progress. All we see is more of the same. Finger pointing and blaming if normal hard working Americans as the cause of the desperately poor’s continued existence in economically depressed Ghettos. Wars rarely if ever make any true and lasting changes because that’s not the point. Killing off excess population and full mobilization of the military is purely economic and always has been. Want proof? When has the United States last actually won a war or military conflict? Vietnam Korea Afghanistan Iraq all have either ended in a stalemate or in an actual defeat for our nation. Meanwhile military contractors gain more wealth and power while the nations we invade go right back to where they started with only the names being changed. Pulling out of Afghanistan is a prelude to another all out war in an area that has been war torn for centuries. First our country needs a justification. That will come in the guise of another attack that we will be told wasn’t of our making. When Bush first sent troops into Afghanistan the left was entirely opposed and the right entirely in support. When Trump announced removing our troops tge right praised the idea and the left was entirely against it. Now Biden pulls out and the left praises his actions. There’s a pattern here and it’s become more than clear we can not trust our own government to do what is right. We can only expect them to do what the hidden moneyed interests want. It’s nearly impossible to buy into anything our government or the bought and paid for media tell us and I’m fairly positive this has always been the case. So please stop buying into the lies and don’t allow yourself to be dragged into the constant false narratives because you can believe without question the government is not the least bit concerned with your well-being.

  2. I agree with your comments all the way…Thank you for letting us know…
    God Bless and BE Safe…

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