After more than 19 years of its failed war against the Taliban, the Americans’ rushed withdrawal from Afghanistan is looking a lot like the situation in Saigon in 1975, following the US defeat in the Vietnam war. In addition to the departure of US troops, Washington is also saying there’s a possibility that it will be forced to evacuate its diplomatic staff from the country in the event of an escalation of anti-American aggression on the part of the Taliban (banned in Russia), and, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, as it’s already drawing contingency plans to do this.
As the Pakistani newspaper The Nation, points out, the Afghan national army, armed and ‘trained’ by the US, is abandoning its military hardware and weaponry to the Taliban at an alarming rate, with whole battalions retreating without putting up a fight in anticipation of the impending collapse of the government as US and NATO forces continue to withdraw their forces from the country. In the announcement on the withdrawal of troops, issued in April, Joe Biden, while recognizing that he is powerless to control the situation that has been caused by the US’s failed policies in Afghanistan, called on Russia, China, India and Pakistan to “step up” and do more to “support Afghanistan.”
General Austin S. Miller, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, has criticized Joe Biden’s policies in relation to the country and has admitted that the Taliban is launching increasingly large-scale operations throughout the country and may make an attempt to seize power despite its peace talks with the US. Speaking in Bagram air base in an interview with the US broadcaster ABC, Miller described the security situation in Afghanistan as unsatisfactory. He repeated his previous statement that he does not believe that any party is able to win in the country through military means. However, he added that things are getting dangerous, and “we are seeing the beginning of a situation which will not be good for Afghanistan”, with all the conditions for a revolution that may provoke a new wave of bloodletting in the unending Afghan conflict.
Following such a critical appraisal of the US administration’s policies, it is unsurprising that on July 3 Lloyd Austin,