According to the former U.S. President, Biden's actions in Afghanistan will go down in history as one of America's biggest defeats. Republicans criticized Biden for his вЂњfailedвЂќ withdrawal from the Hindu Kush.
Taliban in Kabul's presidential palace
After the Taliban seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, former U.S. President Donald Trump called on his successor, Joe Biden, to resign. вЂњIt's time for Biden to walk away in shame because of what he has allowed happening in Afghanistan,вЂќ he said Sunday, Aug. 15, in Washington. Trump also criticized the current U.S. president's policies on immigration, the economy, and energy.
Trump has already repeatedly criticized Biden's plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that he would have carried out the withdrawal вЂњvery differently and much more successfully.вЂќ In another statement on August 15, the former U.S. president wrote, вЂњWhat Joe Biden has done in Afghanistan is incredibleвЂќ and вЂњwill go down in history as one of Americans' biggest defeats.вЂќ
Under Donald Trump's administration, the U.S. began direct negotiations with the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha in 2018. In February 2020, the parties reached an agreement on a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal was repeatedly postponed and began only under Joe Biden in May of this year. At the same time, troops from other NATO countries, including Germany, began to leave the Hindu Kush.
Republicans criticize вЂњfailedвЂќ withdrawal
The Taliban, after a 10-day victorious march across Afghanistan, reached the outskirts of Kabul on August 15. The Afghan government has expressed its willingness to hand over power to them, and President Ashraf Ghani has fled abroad. He admitted defeat in a message posted on his Facebook page. Militants of the radical Islamic Taliban later celebrated their victory at the presidential palace in Kabul.
Leaders of the U.S. Republican Party criticized President Biden for his вЂњfailedвЂќ withdrawal from Afghanistan. вЂњThe failed withdrawal of troops and the muddled evacuation of Americans and their aides was a shameful failure of American leadership,вЂќ said U.S. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on August 15. In his view, the U.S. had an opportunity to вЂњprevent this disaster.вЂќ
Republican Liz Cheney said the current situation in Afghanistan is an illustration of what happens when America is removed from world problems.вЂќ She believes that U.S. allies will now question whether they can rely on Americans at all. For his part, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham opined that the return of the al-Qaeda terrorist network to Afghanistan was now just a matter of time.
Biden's team was caught off guard
Leading policymakers in the Joe Biden administration acknowledged on Aug. 15 that they were caught off guard by the rapid pace of Afghanistan's security collapse. This was evident after sporadic gunfire at the Kabul airport forced Americans to flee for cover while waiting to evacuate after the removal of U.S. embassy personnel was completed.
вЂњWe saw that these forces were unable to defend the country, and it happened faster than we expected,вЂќ U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated, commenting on the Afghan military.
As recently as July 8, U.S. President Biden said that the likelihood of the Taliban gaining control of the entire territory of Afghanistan вЂњis extremely slim.вЂќ