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Biden's cold response to Afghanistan's collapse to have far-reaching consequences
Biden's cold response to Afghanistan's collapse to have far-reaching consequences

New Delhi, July 6 (TIWN) When US President Joe Biden chose in April to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan by September, we were among those who judged that the result would be a disaster for the countrys 38 million people, and in particular, its women, a Washington Post op-ed said.

"Now, that tragedy appears to be unfolding more quickly than even many of the pessimists imagined. In recent weeks, Taliban forces have captured dozens of districts in a nationwide offensive, surrounding several provincial capitals and blocking key roads into Kabul. On Tuesday, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin S. Miller, met reporters and warned with remarkable bluntness that 'civil war is certainly a path that can be visualized', adding 'that should be a concern for the world'," the op-ed piece said.
The Washington Post further said that it ought to be a concern for Biden, who inherited a difficult situation from his predecessor Donald Trump but chose to pull the plug on the US mission rather than fix it.
The President ought to be reconsidering the swift withdrawal he ordered in light of the incipient crumbling of an Afghan government and army that the US spent two decades helping build. Instead, he has been cold to the country's plight.
Last month, according to the Wall Street Journal, Biden decided against slowing the withdrawal from the main US air base in the country, Bagram, which some American officials favored; the pullout was completed this week.
Last week, he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, in what was cast as a show of support, only to declare that Afghans would have to "decide their future".

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