Politico columnist Alex Ward analyzed the key mistakes made by U.S. President Joe Biden's administration in the Afghan direction of U.S. foreign policy.
The author considers it a true planning disaster that some 3,000 U.S. troops had to be moved to Kabul the other day to evacuate the U.S. embassy employees. Such a decision was made due to the approach of Taliban units to the Afghan capital.
вЂњThings have gotten so bad that U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad is begging the Taliban not to attack the embassy in case the capital is overrun,вЂќ Ward writes.
He thinks the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is justified. However, in his opinion, the implementation of this plan was accompanied by short-sighted decisions.
Ward says the majority of American politicians and members of the public support Biden's desire to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. However, concrete decisions in this matter depended on the American president.
The author notes that the U.S. authorities foresaw the capture of a large part of Afghanistan by the Taliban. But they underestimated the high speed of this process. The recent retreat of the Afghan government troops from the largest provincial cities of the country testifies to this.
It is worth mentioning that earlier it was reported about the capture of Kandahar, the capital of Afghanistan's province of the same name and the second largest city of the country by the Taliban. Earlier they captured Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest population center. The Taliban have also taken control of the cities of Ghazni, Lashkar Gah, and Kalayi-Naw, Tarinkot, Qalat, Firuzkuh, and others.