The Taliban , as expected, IS increasing its violence in that country….
President’s Biden’s wish and order to leave may have a effort to put the blame on the increasing violence against civilians on the Trump admin , but that simply is NOT gonna work…
The Taliban does NOT seem to want to make any ‘deal’ like Biden. the political might think is possible…
We will see how much pain and suffering over there Joe Biden can deal with….
The US Military and Lawmakers of both parties are already grumbling in Congress and the media…
The media reports come daily….
“I’m a combination of hopeful that I’m wrong, but pessimistic that I’m right, that the slope is going to be downward and the Taliban will be ascendant,” said James Dobbins, a former ambassador to Afghanistan and special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who serves on a bipartisan commission set up by Congress that this year recommended against an abrupt withdrawal.
Dobbins said if the situation gets markedly worse, the U.S. military could be compelled to press Biden for a change in strategy.
“I think the military has saluted, but that doesn’t preclude them from raising issues as the situation changes, renewing their appeals if the situation changes dramatically,” he said.
On Capitol Hill, Republican and Democratic hawks alike say they still hope to persuade the Biden administration and U.S. allies to do more before it is too late.
“I’m certainly going to do everything I can to try to push our president and other international leaders to continue to speak out about what the Taliban is doing and continue to speak out in support of women in the country very loudly,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire and a member of the Armed Services Committee, said in an interview.
She also still believes that an enduring military presence is needed. “One of the things that I heard from the military leadership there was the belief that keeping a counterterrorism force in Afghanistan would be important to do,” she said. “The decision has been made not to do that, at least in the short term.”
Under Biden’s orders, the estimated 3,500 U.S troops, along with 7,000 NATO forces, are slated to fully withdraw by Sept. 11. But as the withdrawal has gotten underway in recent weeks, the Taliban appear to be on the march. And some experts say the group is in an even stronger position than it was before it was toppled from power following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001….
The blame game was on display at a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday at which Pentagon officials insisted they are working to minimize the threat to the Afghan government and the potential that terrorist groups will regroup….
“I think the senior leadership tried to slow-roll this thing the entire time, hoping that the U.S. will stay,” said Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the hawkish Foundation for Defense of Democracies who has been closely tracking the Taliban’s battlefield operations. “I think they are worried they are going to be the ones left holding the bag on this one.
“The finger pointing will start in D.C. once the Taliban takes charge of large areas of the country,” he added. “‘How did this happen?’ A lot of it is due to failed U.S. military strategy, which is an extension of failed U.S. political strategy. But s— rolls downhill and the military will take the brunt of that. Some of these military commanders don’t want to be pasted with that.”….
So far the president does not seem moved. “Joe Biden really, really wants out of Afghanistan,” Roggio said….