A commentator of international reputation is congratulating Joe Biden on ordering the precision military drone strike that reportedly killed terrorist and al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, Afghanistan.
But Piers Morgan also is calling on Biden to explain, “what the hell was Zawahiri doing casually standing on the balcony of a downtown residential house in … Kabul,” after Biden promised that al-Qaida was, in fact, “gone” from Afghanistan.
When Biden ordered his abrupt withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan last year he left behind hundreds of Americans, thousands of America-supporting nationals who were likely to be killed by the Taliban, which took over immediately, and tens of billions of dollars’ worth of American war machinery.
But Biden claimed all that was fine since, he said, “Let’s put this thing in perspective, what interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al-Qaida gone? We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting ride of al-Qaida in Afghanistan … and we did.”
This situation, perhaps, aligns with the expressed opinion of Robert Gates, who was defense secretary under Barack Obama.
He warned that Biden had been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
In a column in the New York Post, Morgan pointed out while al-Zawahiri’s death is a “great win” for America, it confirms “a catastrophic failure by Biden.”
He explained it was when Biden declared his “disastrous overnight withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer, betraying the people there — including allies — to the Taliban wolves, the president assured us that al-Qaida was ‘gone’ from the country.”
But he was wrong, as al-Zawahiri moved into Kabul with his family just months after Biden’s “ill-advised and woefully inaccurate boast.”
That’s bad enough, Morgan wrote, but “far more worrying are the disturbing questions it raises.”
There is a not a snowball in hell’s chance that Zawahiri would have done this without the knowledge and explicit support of Taliban chiefs.
As Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, this constitutes a ‘gross violation’ of the Taliban’s commitment in the Doha agreement made after the U.S. withdrawal that they would not provide safe harbor to al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Biden said yesterday that in recent weeks, Zawahiri had been making videos ‘calling for his followers to attack the United States and our allies.’
Incredibly, this means the leader of al-Qaida was actively plotting further terror attacks from inside Kabul, and the Taliban knew it.
Of course, this makes an absolute mockery of Biden’s claim that al-Qaida was ‘gone’ from Afghanistan.
Worse yet, he said, is, “if the Taliban allowed Zawahiri to do this, how many more al-Qaida operatives are back in Afghanistan right now, also planning to murder Americans and their allies? The whole point of the 20-year war that followed 9/11 was precisely to stop al-Qaida using Afghanistan as a base to plan more such attacks.”
He pointed out Biden was criticized for his “staggeringly reckless act” in withdrawing troops last year.
“Now those cowardly chickens have come home to roost in shocking fashion,” he said.
“The gleeful Taliban took the country back in just a few weeks and as a result, Afghanistan is now a failed state ravaged by a crumbling economy, extreme poverty, and a brutal new oppression of the Afghan people, especially women, who’ve been sent right back to the Dark Ages. All hopes of a new, reformed, different, ‘nicer, wiser’ Taliban were as bogus as many of us feared at the time.”
He warned, “The fact that Zawahiri was able to plan new attacks from Kabul tells you all you need to know about the real damage caused by Biden’s appalling abandonment of Afghanistan.”