Trump: Chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan most humiliating event
Former US president Donald Trump once again assails Biden for the humiliating Afghanistan debacle.
On its one-year anniversary, Former US President Donald Trump called the US’ hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan "the most embarrassing, incompetent, and humiliating event in US history."
Trump made the remark on his Truth Social account one year after the Taliban swept into Kabul prior to the United States military's tumultuous departure from the country.
"The Afghanistan disaster of exactly one year ago was the most embarrassing, incompetent, and humiliating event in the history of the United States," Trump said.
"Not the fact that we left, I was the one that got our soldier count down to 2 thousand in preparation for leaving," Trump added.
He went on to say, "but the way we left, taking the military out first, 13 dead soldiers (with many badly injured), leaving many Americans behind, and giving the enemy over 85 Billion Dollars’ worth of the best military equipment in the world. So Sad!”
A look back
The United States, under former President George W. Bush, authorized the use of force against those he claimed were responsible for the 9/11 attacks, therefore putting Afghanistan in the US' iron sight, despite the perpetrators being actually Saudis. Through that authorization, Washington took unconstitutional measures permitting the government to invade Afghanistan, monitor the calls of US citizens, and establish the Guantanamo Bay detention camp notorious for its horrible conditions.
Event after event, government after government, the United States maintained its presence in the nation, keeping a hand in the Afghan rule after toppling the former administration, and despite its military and political advantages in the Afghan arena, Washington still suffered a loss described as one of its worst. To add insult to injury, the war on Afghanistan was America's longest war ever.
Year after year, the West-sponsored control of the country went on through successive presidents, administrations, and governments.
Despite the US and NATO allocating hundreds of billions of dollars to keep a foothold in Afghanistan, which included funding and training the Afghan National Army, the Taliban swept through the country like wildfire in August 2021, capturing nearly the key locations in just a week.
Meanwhile, the US “humiliating” exit took place over a period of two weeks, during which the US evacuated some 120,000 people, but left thousands of Afghans who assisted the US and its allies behind, not to mention a couple of hundred US nationals.
Last February, demonstrators in Kabul protested US President Joe Biden's decision to release $7 billion in frozen Afghan funds to be shared between humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan and American victims of "terrorism", including 9/11 families, affirming that the money belongs to Afghans.
At the time, Reuters reported that "protesters who gathered outside Kabul’s grand Eid Gah mosque demanded financial compensation for the tens of thousands of Afghans killed during the last 20 years of US occupation.
It is also worth noting that Biden's order sparked outrage on social media storm with the hashtag #USA_stole_money_from_afghan trending among Afghans on Twitter.
Today, life in Afghanistan is difficult and precarious for almost everyone. More than half of this troubled country's 40 million people are suffering from severe malnutrition and grinding poverty, and 90% are food insecure.
However, the story is far from over. Afghanistan's people are facing a crisis that is largely US-made.