Afghanistan’s government is rapidly disintegrating as Taliban forces converge on Kabul, the country’s capital. Many are now pointing the finger at President Joe Biden.
Among them is Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who released a statement arguing that Biden’s troop withdrawal plan was poorly executed and hastened Afghanistan’s catastrophic collapse, Breitbart reported.
Biden “humiliated America”
On Saturday, Breitbart noted, Cotton, a combat veteran, said, “The fiasco in Afghanistan wasn’t just predictable, it was predicted.”
“Biden’s ill-planned retreat has now humiliated America,” he went on, adding that it had also “put at risk thousands of Americans left in Kabul.”
Cotton called on the president to “unleash American air power to destroy every Taliban fighter in the vicinity of Kabul until we can save our fellow Americans.” The Republican senator warned that a failure to do so “will further confirm Joe Biden’s impotence to the world.”
Captured U.S. weapons
Breitbart noted that Biden is dispatching roughly 5,000 troops to assist in evacuation efforts, an increase over the 3,000 who were pledged to aid the effort on Thursday.
France24 reported that advancing Taliban members have been seen with captured American military weapons and equipment that was likely looted from abandoned U.S. and allied military bases around the war-torn nation.
“Some of that weaponry is now being brazenly paraded ahead of the U.S. troops’ 9/11 withdrawal deadline by insurgents who have maintained ties with Al Qaeda, the group behind the 2001 terror attacks,” the outlet said.
Afghanistan’s future looks bleak as the radical Islamic group appears poised to again dominate the country, with women being at particular risk.
The Sun reported last month that the Taliban has been drawing up lists of girls and women between the ages of 15 and 45 to reportedly be used as sex slaves.
Also concerning are the geopolitical ramifications of a Taliban victory and their total control over the country. NBC News reported in 2014 that Afghanistan is home to an estimated $1 trillion dollars worth of rare mineral deposits along with oil and gas reserves — an attractive bounty for any major superpower.
While instability has kept those resources from being exploited, it has already been reported that sources are claiming that China is prepared to recognize the Taliban should it form an official government, which could happen as soon as Sunday evening.