During the 2020 presidential campaign, President Biden told CBS the United States should have troops in Afghanistan only “to make sure that it’s impossible for the Taliban and for ISIS and al-Qaida to re-establish a foothold there.”
But now, with Kabul under Taliban control, some analysts say the U.S. military is in a worse position than before in ensuring that Afghanistan doesn’t become a safe haven for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, as it was in 2001, the Washington Times reported.
“We had very little intelligence pre-9/11 and we’ll have even less now — other than what you can see with satellites,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Tom Spoehr, director of the Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby argued this week the U.S. will continue to maintain a robust “over-the-horizon” counterterrorism program in the region. But he acknowledged it will