The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued a damning report last week that identified the multi-level failure of the U.S. during the troop withdrawal from Kabul that resulted in the swift demise of the Afghan government and the reintroduction to life under Taliban rule.
The report, which was released 18 months after the fall of Kabul, concluded that “the length of the U.S. commitment was disconnected from a realistic understanding of the time required to build a self-sustaining security sector.”
The report blamed every presidential administration since George W. Bush, and called former President Donald Trump’s 2020 Doha Agreement with the Taliban particularly pivotal. The Trump administration signed the peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state at the time, praised the deal as the “best opportunity for peace in a generation.”
The Biden administration tried to place blame on Trump for handcuffing it and having to go through with the deal, but that claim has been challenged and analysts said the White House could have easily renegotiated. Indeed, top Afghan officials at the time thought the Biden administration would shelve the deal because it was so poorly negotiated.
“The character of the withdrawal left many Afghans with the impression that the U.S. was simply handing Afghanistan over to a Taliban government-in-waiting,” the report said, according to The Wall Street Journal. But Biden’s decision to withdraw was even faster than expected.
Jonathan Schroden, an Afghanistan expert at the Center for Naval Analyses, a nonprofit military research and analysis center in Virginia, told The Intercept that the “real damning thing about what is in the report is that people had been telling the U.S. military this for years.”
The report said Afghan security forces relied on U.S. contractors to fortify positions and maintain equipment. The report said, “Even the U.S. military underestimated the significance of pulling contractor support.”
The House Foreign Affairs Committee announced the first hearing on the withdrawal after the Special Inspector notified lawmakers that it has faced trouble securing information from both the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.
Sharon Yang, White House spokesperson on oversight, told Axios, “Instead of returning the U.S. to active combat with the Taliban and putting even more of our troops’ lives at risk, President Biden made the tough decision to finally end the twenty-year war in Afghanistan.”
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal reported extensively on the U.S.’s disastrous campaign in Afghanistan. According to Brown University, “About 243,000 people have been killed in the Afghanistan/Pakistan war zone since 2001.” And other reports estimate that the 20-year war cost at least $2 trillion. (See “BIDEN ON AFGHANISTAN: ‘FUCK THAT’” 24 Aug 2021, “WILL TALIBAN CASH IN ON $1 TRILLION WORTH OF AFGHAN MINERAL WEALTH?” 24 Aug 2021, and “AS CELENTE FORECAST: U.S. WOULD LOSE AFGHAN WAR LAUNCHED BY BUSH. THE WORST IS YET TO COME” 17 Aug 2021.)
Biden made his decision to withdraw in April 2021, and the U.S. eventually exited in August. But during that time, the Taliban was sweeping across the country and easily took over Kabul.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a 114-page report on the withdrawal from the country and blamed the State Department and National Security Council for failing to properly prepare for “the expected fallout.”
Jens Stoltenberg, the head of NATO, called the conditions in Afghanistan since the U.S. retreat a “tragedy” for the alliance.
TREND FORECAST: Gerald Celente had forecast when the Afghan War began, that America would lose: “If Alexander ‘The Great’ couldn’t pull it off, if the British couldn’t beat them and neither could the Russians, there is no way America will win.” Mr. Celente also noted that the U.S. had not won a war since World War II.
Celente has also long said, “When all else fails, they take you to war.”
Biden is now promoting endless war in Ukraine and vowing that the U.S. support for Kyiv is limitless. The mainstream media has been a willing participant in the warmongering, and bans any mention of peace or the possibility that Ukraine could lose.
As a result of his forecast about Afghanistan, Celente, once a popular guest on mainstream media and having appeared twice on Oprah, was blackballed from the press and TV and accused of being anti-American. (See the movie “ZIZI and HONEYBOY,” starring the late Doris Roberts.)