Most people agree that after 20 years, it was time to get out of Afghanistan. However, it should have been done without sacrificing the lives of 13 American soldiers and abandoning allies.
A year ago, Biden officials touted the withdrawal as a victory. They even went as far as to say it was a "safe and effective" withdrawal. National security advisor Jake Sullivan said in December of 2021, "For the first time in 20 years, there are no U.S. troops in harm's way in Afghanistan this holiday season. We safely and effectively drew down our diplomatic presence. We lifted tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans to safety in a unique American example of capacity, commitment, and sheer logistics."
The terrorist who killed the 13 soldiers was originally housed in the Bagram prison but was set free when the U.S. left and severed its diplomatic presence. Firstpost wrote, "However, the jihadist walked free on 15 August along with thousands of other dangerous terrorists held in the high-security prison, taking advantage of the chaos that ensued in the aftermath of the United State's hurried exit and the Taliban's swift takeover of the entire country."
Hardly an operation that could be deemed safe and effective. The exit was filled with chaos, confusion, and unnecessary deaths. When the last plane left the Kabul airport, thousands of Afghan allies were left behind, defenseless against the cruel Taliban.
Before the withdrawal, Biden said, "the likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely." However, the Taliban were back in power in a little over a month.
Unfortunately, the White House did not have the foresight to see that the Taliban lay in wait, ready to take the country over again and take it back 20 years. So instead, the administration stuck to their timeline- everyone out by September 11th.
In doing so, they also left behind a plethora of military equipment, from vehicles to helicopters, ammunition, guns, and even night vision goggles. It truly makes you wonder what the war and loss of military and civilian lives over the years were for. However, we will never forget those who gave it their all, trying to get the Afghan people to safety.