‘Greatest foreign policy humiliation’: Trump assails Biden for botched exit from Afghanistan

On Saturday, former US President Donald Trump launched a lengthy attack on Vice President Joe Biden’s management of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which he described as “the worst foreign policy embarrassment” in the country’s history.

Trump, a Republican who has hinted at a 2020 presidential run, has frequently blamed Biden, a Democrat, for Afghanistan’s fall to the Islamist militant Taliban, despite the fact that the US withdrawal that precipitated the collapse was arranged by his own government.

“Biden’s botched exit from Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader, perhaps at any time,” Trump said at a boisterous rally packed with his supporters near Cullman, Alabama.

Taliban leaders are attempting to form a new government after their forces surged over the country following the withdrawal of US-led forces after two decades, leaving the Western-backed administration and military in shambles.

Biden, for one, has criticized the Afghan military for refusing to fight, blasted the now-deposed Afghan government, and claimed that Trump left him with a terrible pullout deal.

At the rally, Trump blamed the situation on Biden not having followed the plan his administration came up with and bemoaned US personnel and equipment being left behind as troops withdrew.

“This is not a withdrawal. This was a total surrender,” he said.

Trump said the Taliban, with whom he had negotiated, respected him. He suggested the quick takeover of Afghanistan would not have happened if he was still in office.

“We could have gotten out with honour,” Trump added. “We should have gotten out with honour. And instead we got out with the exact opposite of honour.”

After a lightning rush that concluded in Kabul, the Taliban grabbed control of the country in just over a week, as government forces, trained for years and equipped at a cost of trillions of dollars by the US and others, melted away.

According to reports, the shape of the new Afghan regime will be revealed soon, with the Taliban stating that they do not want to live in isolation and calling for friendly international connections.

“We have achieved what we sought, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people,” says the author. He stated, “We will not allow anyone to use our grounds to attack anyone, and we do not wish to harm anyone.”

According to Reuters, Taliban leaders are regrouping from several provinces and would wait until foreign forces have left before establishing a new administration system.

Zainab Murtaza

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