Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed her concern after the announcement of President Joe Biden of bringing home the troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.
During his campaign, President Joe Biden promised to bring back the troops to end what he names “an eternal war” – a 20 years journey so far with more than 2,400 dead soldiers and the massive loss of 2 billion dollars. According to the New York Times, the presence of American soldiers has decreased thanks to the power of Talibans. Democrat Senator Tim Mc Caine on a press release said “It´s time to bring our troops back home and keep the humanitarian and diplomatic support to refocus in our national security and the challenges we are facing.” However Hillary Clinton, a supporter of Biden and his administration, is not at all satisfied and has deep concerns about this decision.
Recently on an interview with CNN she expressed her concerns over this decision. She explores the consequences on bringing back the troops and says if the troops remain in Afghanistan it could have consequences too. The first major consequence was “the potential collapse of the Afghan government and a takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban,” Clinton said. “Probably with a resumption of civil war in certain parts of the country, but a largely Taliban-run government at some point in the not-too-distant future,” she added. Clinton said it’s important to protect the “many thousands of Afghans” who worked with the U.S. and NATO, “who stood up and spoke out for women’s rights and human rights.” She expressed hopes a visa program could be set up for them in the U.S.
There are two big consequences on bringing troops home: the collapse of Kabul, the Taliban’s back in the power and a very strong and clear call to all terrorist groups in the world, letting them know America is no longer in the game, leaving the Afghan army alone. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that they are aware of the possible consequences and the government is ready to face them. He also says they will keep monitoring and interrupting any possible thread in Afghanistan. But Hillary Clinton is not the only one with concerns. On the Republican side, Condoleezza Rice has expressed to the members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee concerns about protecting U.S. diplomats on the ground following the withdrawal and what the move will mean for the global war on terrorism. Both Rice and Clinton supported military intervention in the Middle East following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
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ARTICLE: JENNIFER BARRETO-LEYVA
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