The U.S. is pulling out of Afghanistan with alarming, and some say, dangerous speed after two decades of involvement, leaving our national security at great risk. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has already relinquished power to an interim government led by Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The Taliban have seized the Presidential palace in Kabul. There are reports of the seizure by the Taliban of a “massive boon” of U.S. weapons supplied to and now abandoned by U.S.-trained Afghani soldiers.
“The Taliban now find themselves flush with American-supplied tools, without having to raise a single penny.”
The U.S. military left the strategic Bagram Airfield in the dead of night in early July, leaving behind:
“thousands of civilian vehicles, including many that no longer had keys, and hundreds of armored military vehicles, such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs…”
Bagram Airbase/Rahmat Gul/AP Photo
Also left behind were “3.5 million items, all itemized by the departing U.S. military. They include tens of thousands of bottles of water, energy drinks and military ready-made meals, known as MRE’s.”
Bari Weiss’ wrote a preface to an Aug. 16 compiled series of commentaries from H.R. McMaster, Nikki Haley, Justin Amash, Elliot Ackerman, Thomas Joscelyn, Eli Lake and Jacob Siegel called “Why We Failed: The American Exit From Afghanistan.” She writes:
“While the leader of the free world hunkers down at Camp David and his top spokeswoman is “’out of office,’” many of us are left wondering what to make of the horrific images coming out of Afghanistan.”
Eli Lake writes, in his commentary, that the “White House transforms [a] stalemate into a catastrophe.” Gen.