August 17th, 2021 – This week was a great example of United States’ foreign policy in Afghanistan that has gone awry and cost everyday Americans over $10 trillion dollars, countless lives and the further destabilization of an already volatile region. The cause being that the military had no plan of action when implementing their plan of withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan which led to the catastrophic results that occurred last week.
We may have already known for years that going into a nation with absolutely zero solid evidence that the Taliban had anything to do with the September 11th attacks and causing a lot more trauma for the citizens, further radicalizing parts of the civilian population, strengthening further sectarian violence and allowing corporations to plunder the vast amounts of resources. A lot of people are blaming US President Joe Biden for the recent takeover of their capital Kabul by Taliban, but this situation goes further than any executive orders Biden had greenlighted.
Not even former US Presidents Donald Trump or George W. Bush can be blamed for this hot mess of a mistake. This goes back to the late 1970’s and into the late 1980’s as the Soviet Union was reaching the height of it’s existence and moving further into Central Asia.
Former US President Ronald Reagan thought it was a good idea to allow their Central Intelligence Agency to radicalize the Mujahedeen fighters, replace workbooks in primary/secondary schools with Wahhabi-infused propaganda books to create more compliant jihadists when they reach adulthood and beyond so there is no trace of their hand in the fray when heavy scrutiny is done.
This was all done to keep the Communist boogeyman from controlling Central Asia and Afghanistan, which ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992. This short lived victory only brought upon the Russian Federation and a very bitter population who watched their identities crumble before their eyes and a very bitter Afghan population due of the ISI and United States military leaving undetonated mines and stingers along the borders of the country.
Then we had the audacity to add insult to injury and impose crippling economic sanctions on the already impoverished nation. Let this be seen as an important lesson for the United States leadership as we enter a paradigm shift in terms of military control of a once unipolar world. We now see competing economies such as BRICS nations, which is an economic bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa to compete with the global reserve currency (US Dollar) which has been set since the creation of the United Nations which replaced the outdated League of Nations in 1945.
There were a lot of different scenarios throughout various US administrations that have further complicated the situation in Afghanistan and someone needs to be held accountable for the further chaos that ensued after 2003. Most of the people that were involved in conflicts in el Salvador, Chile, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. have either died during war crimes proceedings at The Hague, committed suicide (e.g. Slobodan Milošević), or was killed by an armed uprising.
No nation is perfect and I am not isolating United States for their actions. Most of the problems we are experiencing today were inherited by situations that we weren’t even around for. Someone who cares about their country of origin will stand up and criticize their nation when they stray down the dark path. How else will a country see their errors and try to make the initiative to change?
The best thing for the United States to do is to admit the stark reality and the deadly mistakes which is the first step for closure. In order for us to move on as a society is to get our stubborn administration to apologize and to try to make reparations to the people of Afghanistan for the damages done, even though human lives lost are priceless.
Sadly, that will not happen in the near future but instead the classic blame game is being utilized until people give up or lose interest in it.