“World” editorial. On Wednesday, April 14th, it was announced that U.S. al-Qaeda forces would withdraw from Afghanistan on September 11, a symbolic date. Twenty years after Al-Qaida’s attack on the country and its intervention, President Joe Biden announced that There was no victory, and no victory was declared. defeat. However, his decision marked the permanent failure of foreign policy aimed at changing the political system through military power.
Declaring victory will be difficult. After more than two decades of foreign military presence in Afghanistan and the loss of thousands of people, including more than 2,400 Americans, peace has not been restored. In recent months, the radical Taliban have controlled nearly half of the territory. The situation in the Kabul government is very fragile, and no one can guarantee the survival of the government after the withdrawal of Western troops.
However, the failure is not complete. Support to the Afghan government has made it possible for girls to return to school and improved women’s opportunities to participate in public life.The goal of the US military intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001 was to prevent the country from covering up Al Qaeda, which organized the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon to a large extent achieve. Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of these attacks, was killed in a Pakistan raid in the United States ten years ago.
But since then, why the Americans stayed in Afghanistan “Becoming more and more unclear”, Biden said on Wednesday. The U.S. Army currently has only 2,500 soldiers, and in 2010 it reached 90,000 soldiers. They no longer formally perform combat tasks, but are supported by NATO troops and trained by the Afghan army.Twenty years is a generation: For the Democratic president, he pointed out that some American soldiers engaged in activities in Afghanistan today have inherited their parents there. This war is not intended to be “Multi-generation”. Now is the time to draw the line and start moving forward.
The risk of this unconditional departure is obvious. Regardless of any peace negotiations with the Taliban, they can use the withdrawal of foreign forces, which is one of the last pillars of stability, to regain their advantage, especially to erase progress in the status of women in Afghanistan. But the priorities of the White House today are elsewhere. The era of endless and inability to win wars is over; it is the social and economic development of the United States that is critical to China’s challenges and emerging global threats.
Biden said that the U.S. withdrawal will be accompanied by the withdrawal of other NATO troops. He pointed out that NATO currently has about 6,000 troops, which is larger than the United States. But for a president who is eager to restore the bond of trust between Washington and his allies, this part of his speech is regrettably succinct. I would like to express my gratitude to these allies in front of the American public, and they have also paid a heavy price in their lives for supporting the US military. Before making a decision to withdraw troops, it is wise to conduct minimal consultations with European leaders. Donald Trump is not there, but America first has some good leftovers.