Terrorist groups have been operating in Afghanistan for decades. Despite 20 years of armed conflict, they never really went away, and now they are back with a vengeance. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Tuesday heard testimony from Colin Kahl, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Speaking about assessments concerning Al-Qaida and ISIS-K, he spoke about the likelihood of attacks.
“We’re actually fairly certain that they have the intention to do so…We could see ISIS-K generate that capability in somewhere between six or 12 months, according to current assessments by the intelligence committee…And for al-Qaida, it would take a year or two to reconstitute that capability. We have to remain vigilant against that possibility.” This realization should be alarming to every American. We all know what happened on 9/11.
Given the vast equipment left behind in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the lack of will to fight from both militaries, and their resourcefulness in figuring things out, it’s no wonder that they are quickly gearing up to attack the US yet again. Thankfully at the Kabul airport and many other places, some troops were smart enough to destroy not only sensitive information and equipment but to also disable as many vehicles and pieces of equipment as they possibly could.
Clips of these troops ensuring the equipment wasn’t a free-for-all for the Taliban was one of the few shining lights in the entire debacle that was the exit of Afghanistan. By making it harder (if not impossible) to use the equipment, they ensured the safest possible exit and left little for them to build from, but in some instances, equipment was left for the Afghan Army, and that equipment was quickly taken over in their subsequent surrender.
While Kahl maintains the risk is “is at its lowest point since Sept. 11, 2001,” that isn’t very reassuring. We all know that there was intel about 9/11 and little to nothing was done about it. With their newfound capabilities, the pitiful border security, reports of Biden’s crack team not vetting people before putting them on a plane to keep good optics, and their love of hit and run attacks America is very vulnerable to attacks. The fact that they have yet to conduct their suicide bombings here in the US is surprising all the same.
To help prevent these groups from developing more, America is relying on the Taliban and ISIS-K being at odds to prevent them from developing their capabilities sooner. Unfortunately, this is also a sign that Biden has put more clueless minions in positions of power. Quite frankly, we have seen the abilities of the people in the middle east to multitask. They coordinated massive suicide bombings with IED strikes at the same time across Iraq simultaneously with simple devices. To underestimate their capabilities to plan and coordinate attacks is not only shameful but is also shortsighted.
Disrespecting their capabilities by professing their inability to fight multiple enemies at once is a surefire way to get them to prove you wrong. At the time of the 9/11 strikes, America was in a period of normal life. We were comfortable and most citizens didn’t believe something was in the works. Yet here they came with our own planes, and they attacked us viciously. Now we have been welcoming many of their people in, and we don’t know exactly who is who. These are dangerous times, and no matter how much Biden loves the idea of attacking from miles away, these men will bring the fight to our doorstep. Perhaps instead of the shift to hearts and minds like we did under Obama, maybe we should have been staying lethal to the cause. It might have just kept us safer in the long run.