President Biden has been demanding that we remove our troops from Afghanistan by September 11. He doesn’t want the troops there anymore because it’s a “forever war.” He believes that by withdrawing, it will give him some bonus points with Americans. Considering how he’s looking in the polls right now, the senile president needs all the help that he can get.
Most agree that getting our troops out of Afghanistan is a good thing. It’s time. We’ve been there for entirely too long.
The problem is that the Taliban has been moving in on the country. And the Taliban has been making a number of threats to the U.S., particularly if we leave troops behind after the September 11 pullout date.
What of our embassy, though? The US Embassy in Kabul could be at risk if we don’t have enough troops to defend ourselves.
The security situation in the country is looking darker and darker.
Districts along the outer edges of Afghanistan are falling to the Taliban. It’s happening quickly, and it seems like many of the countries in that area are re-arming their military.
The moment the U.S. withdraws completely, which is likely to be faster than the September 11 deadline, there could be a civil war in the area once more.
While we may not be able to interfere with a civil war, we do have to consider how it’s going to impact the presence of our US embassy in Kabul. Further, we have to look at what kind of threat the Taliban is posing on the U.S.
Withdrawing troops and getting them out of a forever war is great, but we don’t want it to cost American lives, either.
A spokesperson with the US Embassy in Kabul has told the Associated Press that security assessments are becoming more frequent. Essentially, there’s the need to determine if embassy personnel can remain in place safely – even as the thousands of troops withdraw from the area. As of right now, the embassy has 4,000 staff working in the compound that is the size of a small town. Of that staff, there are 1400 US citizens.
Granted, the compound is well secured. The embassy is found within the “Green Zone” of Kabul. Neighborhoods are closed off. Giant blast walls line the streets. And, there are Afghan security forces guarding the barricades for the zone. After all, the Presidential Palace where the Afghan’s senior government officials reside is also in the same zone.
There are security issues that are still a factor, especially if the U.S. is going to take away all of its troops. Before the war is declared over, at least from the standpoint of America, we have to look at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
The airport is being protected by U.S. and Turkish troops at the moment. When we take our troops out of there, we’re taking airport security, too. That could make it harder to protect the U.S. Embassy, seeing as the airport is the only route out.
Who will protect the airport when the U.S. leaves? And, perhaps more importantly, who is going to pay for that airport security?
There’s certainly a lot of talk in Kabul about whether the U.S. Embassy will shut down and evacuate. To do that, though, it would be like Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war all over again – and no one wants to see that happen.
With increasing levels of violence, however, there may not be any choice. There have already been site warnings for those who are non-essential to leave. As for Americans who want to visit Afghanistan, the message has been clear: don’t.
It’s all a matter of “wait and see” at this point. If the threats continue to rise, there will be the need to either evacuate and abandon the U.S. Embassy in Kabul or keep troops there to continue fighting the forever war.