Mr. Kenneth R. Timmerman is the best-selling author of “ISIS Begins: A Novel of the Iraq War”. He taught Iran at the Pentagon’s Counterintelligence Training Academy from 2010-2016. The article represents the views of the author.
For decades, Joe Biden has considered himself a foreign policy genius. As a U.S. Senator, he never had to make decisions or take responsibility for his statements. As vice president, he was given backwaters like Ukraine that he allegedly turned into a private “piggyback” of his family.
But now he is the president. He’s got his hands on a total disaster in Afghanistan.
If it was Donald Trump, how would he do this?
Remember that former President Trump fired John Bolton as national security adviser when Bolton publicly opposed Trump’s decision to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban.
Mr. Trump’s agreement sets a firm withdrawal date for US troops as May 1, 2021.
But the troop withdrawal is the only similarity with Mr. Biden. As Mr. Trump recounted three weeks ago at the US Student Action Summit in Phoenix, he pressed the Taliban to the negotiating table.
After warning Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada that the US would “come back and hit you harder than any country has ever been beaten” if the Taliban played a trick, Mr. punitive airstrikes were the first time the Taliban violated the agreement.
Since then, not a single US soldier has been killed fighting in Afghanistan.
Trump also maintains American fighter jets and drones at Bagram Air Base and uses them to control the Taliban.
Meanwhile, Mr. Biden ordered the evacuation of the air base at midnight on July 5 without notifying the Afghan military. Not surprisingly, within a few hours, the Taliban sacked the base and as of today the remaining US troops have no airfield to secure [the withdrawal].
The Pentagon is desperate to avoid the program being broadcast live in prime time. They don’t want helicopters to take off from the roof of the US embassy with Afghans desperately clinging to the pins, as happened in Saigon in 1975. They don’t want Blackhawk helicopters to crash. , or civilian contractors hanged on the bridge.
“Now the Taliban will kill everyone involved,” said Bill Craun, a former private military contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq who has written a new book, Working the Kill Zone. to us.”
The Pentagon estimated on Friday that the Taliban would sweep Kabul in thirty days. I’ll treat that prediction like a beer last night. I bet the Taliban will arrive just a day after the US troops complete their evacuation from the capital. And then the real killing will begin.
Mr. Biden is personally responsible for this. And every Gold Star family should remind him of that fact.