Biden Travel Agency in Kabul
Twenty years ago, when the United States was sucked into the Afghan sump, experts were divided over the ultimate goal of the intervention. President George W. Bush mentioned GWOT, remember the acronym? or World War on Terrorism. Critics have argued that unless it leads to nation-building in Afghanistan, the intervention would make no sense.
Two decades later, the intervention did not move the GWOT forward as Islamist terrorism spread to two dozen countries in Asia and Africa with sleeper cells in Latin America. As for nation-building, the United States instead ended up with a Kabul airport-based travel agency under surprisingly incompetent management.
Joe Biden, the man at the head of the travel agency, says the United States has spent more than a trillion dollars to get involved in what he claims to be “the most difficult operation in the world. kind “of history.
The trillion dollar claim is too stupid to merit a detailed rebuttal. No one really knows how much the United States spent on their Afghan adventure and what percentage ended up in Afghan, American, European, Pakistani and other corrupt pockets.
As for Biden’s claim that his travel agency faces an unprecedented logistical challenge, he has to read on the Berlin Airlift to see what miracles the “Great Satan” could perform under competent leadership.
The Kabul mess has given America’s critics a hard time.
Making fun of America today is easy. While Xi Jinping and Vladimir Poutin laugh, the European and Canadian “allies” wear a smirk.
The usual suspects in the crowds of End of America also bring their money to the mill. Francis Fukuyama, the neo-Hegelian “End of History” peddler a generation ago, now claims that after all, it’s not history that ended, but American supremacy.
What is interesting, however, is that when all the mockery and smirks are over, the mockers and smirk carriers insist that after all, only the United States can “do something.” . More than 30 nations are looking to the same inane United States to get their citizens out of Kabul and bring them to safety. European “allies” are waiting to see what Washington does to recognize the Taliban as the new rulers of Afghanistan.
Anyone hoping to profit from the Taliban’s return would do well to take a deep breath and wait and see if the returns succeed in forming something that looks like a state in the normal sense.
The Chinese are licking their lips dreaming of exploiting Afghanistan’s “endless reserves of strategic metals”.
Whether or not such reservations exist is irrelevant. What the Chinese must be thinking about is the real possibility of looting these versions of King Solomon’s Mines at a time when Chinese businessmen and engineers are being murdered in supposedly friendly Pakistan. Further on, Beijing would also have to fear that the Wakhan Pass would become a corridor for the export of “true Islam” from the Taliban to Xinjian (East Turkestan).
Pakistanis might think their Taliban “allies” will help them gain “strategic depth” against India. But it could work in the opposite direction, with the Taliban rekindling Kabul’s century-old dream of annexing the Pashtun populated areas of Pakistan. It is no coincidence that Taliban spokespersons refuse to recognize the so-called Durand Line, the border set by the British in the 19th century to divide the Pashtun tribes. Worse yet, Pakistani leaders may soon face a revival of the Pakistani version of the Taliban, responsible for more than 30,000 deaths since 2000.
The Khomeinist mullahs in Tehran also drink orange juice to celebrate the return of the Taliban. In a webinar organized by the official IRNA news agency, Khomeinist “experts” express their jubilation at what they see as “the humiliation of the great American Satan”. They need to read or reread “The Prince” by the sage Florentine to think about devilish possibilities. What if the Taliban returned with the blessing of the “Great Satan” to relaunch their initial mission of outflanking Iran from the east as it comes under increasing pressure on its west?
After all, haven’t the same trio of Hamed Karzai, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Zalmay Khalilzad who helped create the made-in-USA Islamic Republic of Afghanistan reappear as key players in the Taliban’s return through a sham negotiations ending with Joe Biden’s “travel agency” in Kabul?
Vladimir Putin, too, might be wise not to laugh at America, even if Biden’s leadership might sound like key cops. Unlike the USSR which was defeated by the Mujahedin in a real decade-long war, for reasons that we cannot yet understand, Biden decided to let the “terrorists” return to Kabul without a fight.
The foreseeable failure of the Taliban to provide anything resembling effective governance in what is difficult terrain could open up more space for other “holy warriors” dreaming of a global caliphate and the return of ” all lands that were once under Islamic rule, ”which would include large areas from Russia to the Iberian Peninsula.
Europeans are right to worry about a tsunami of refugees triggered by the Taliban with the threat of an influx of hundreds of terrorists into this amorphous mass. But they, too, know that whatever happens next, they will not be able to design an affective policy without the participation, if not the leadership, of the United States.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks of “special relations” with the Taliban in pursuit of his dream of a Pan-Turkish “Commonwealth” from the Balkans to China. He too will inevitably discover that the Taliban can only ever offer a nightmare.
The immediate question everyone faces is whether or not to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government.
The answer must be clear for two reasons. For starters, current international doctrine is that no government born out of war and violence should be recognized de jure unless and until it has submitted to some form of referendum or elections overseen by the government. the United Nations.
The second is that the US-led intervention, ultimately involving NATO members, came in response to the UN decision to bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks and those who carried them out. have hosted. This would include virtually anyone who could form a Taliban government or, if thanks to Karzai and Khalilzad a facade is erected, hold the strings.
The key question is whether or not to legitimize a terrorist group determined to impose a repressive regime on a nation that has suffered for a long time. This cannot be managed without the “Great Satan” now inspiring stand-up comedians, leading the way.
Whatever Fukuyama and others may fantasize about the “world without America” is not for today.