With the deadline for a US withdrawal from Afghanistan approaching, a congressionally mandated report was released on Wednesday that calls for the Biden administration to stay in the country.
The US-Taliban peace deal signed in February 2020 set May 1st as a deadline for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan. The report, released by the Afghanistan Study Group, says the US should push the deadline back. The study repeats the usual talking points that hawks use to justify prolonging the almost 20-year war.
The report says if the US leaves by May, a civil war will break out since intra-Afghan peace talks are not complete. But that ignores the fact that fighting is already ongoing between the Taliban and the US-backed government.
Since the US-Taliban deal was signed, Taliban attacks on US troops have subsided. But the Taliban has vowed that if foreign troops don’t leave by May 1st that those attacks will start up again, a sign that if the US stays, more violence will erupt.
Also on Wednesday, a Biden administration official said the US hasn’t made a decision on the Afghanistan withdrawal. “At this time, no decisions about our force posture have been made,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, adding that the administration is reviewing the US-Taliban peace deal.
While the US hasn’t made an official announcement, there is little hope that the withdrawal will happen. The Pentagon said last week that the withdrawal timeline is uncertain, and NATO officials told reporters that foreign troops will be in Afghanistan after May 1st.
5 thoughts on “Report Requested by Congress Says US Should Stay in Afghanistan”
Instead of worrying about a civil war in Afghanistan, these bastards had better start thinking about civil war in the US. People can only take so much.
There will be undesirable fallouts to a US decision to toss the US-Taliban agreement. One of those could be for the Taliban to ‘take the gloves off’ regarding attacks against US forces which are currently inconsequential, with no recent combat deaths. The US has been attacking Taliban forces, which enhances the revenge factor.
It’s a fools errand to think that the Taliban is going to give up power and change its tripe’s. Their leaders are living in Calif like luxury across the Pakistani border , , why should they give that up and southern half of Afghanistan. not to mention the money and arms thats flowing in from Iran, Russia, China and other Muslim countries, and of course the drug trade.
This is sickening, just sickening.
Well, we can now have a victory lap by warmonger liz cheney; well, I guess, no surprise, she is a cheney.
A Congressional Study Group would be composed of the usual pack of warmongers and as impartial as the fake intel about Iraq nukes.
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