As the Taliban gains ground in Afghanistan, Biden feels humiliated by Bush: ‘Unbelievably horrible.’
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden was humiliated in his first major foreign policy test when former Republican President George W Bush emerged from retirement to criticize the Democrats’ choice to leave Afghanistan.
His unexpected intervention came as the Taliban gained progress in their fight to reclaim control of the country nearly two decades after US troops overthrew them. Mr. Bush said he thought Mr. Biden’s choice to terminate the war now was a mistake, and warned of “unbelievably catastrophic” consequences. Former US President George W. Bush, who initiated the war in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks, has largely avoided criticizing his successors, including Donald Trump.
He was asked whether he thought the withdrawal was a mistake during an interview with German television Deutsche Welle (DW).
“You know, I think it is, because I think the ramifications will be terribly bad,” he said.
He also predicted that girls in Afghanistan would suffer greatly as a result of the Taliban’s laws.
“I’m concerned Afghan women and girls will suffer horrible harm,” he warned.
He further said that interpreters who had collaborated with American and coalition forces were in danger of being “slaughtered” by the militants.
“They’ll just be left behind to be slaughtered by these really brutal people,” he continued, breaking his heart.
The White House said last night that the evacuation of interpreters and others who aided troops in Afghanistan would begin at the end of the month.
“We are taking these steps because these are courageous individuals,” said Jen Psaki, Mr. Biden’s press secretary.
“We want to make sure we acknowledge and appreciate the impact they’ve performed over the years.”
The UN refugee agency warned this week that a humanitarian crisis might erupt as a result of the chaotic withdrawal of foreign soldiers.
“Afghanistan is on the verge of another humanitarian crisis,” said Babar Baloch, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“This is something that can be avoided. This should be avoided at all costs.
“Failure to establish a peace accord in Afghanistan and end the current violence will result in more displacement both within the nation and to neighboring countries and beyond.”
Since January, the UNHCR estimates that 270,000 Afghans have been internally displaced.
This added up to the total. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”