In Afghanistan, we have opened the gates of hell

The Afghanistan failure is the worst strategic blunder since 1938: the year in which British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain waved around a copy of the Munich Agreement and proclaimed “peace in our time.” Chamberlain’s lack of understanding of the enemy gave Germany the space it needed to invade Poland – the event that marked the start of World War II. Chamberlain resigned in 1940 when his political support disappeared. Winston Churchill seized power and eventually snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Chairman Joe BidenJoe BidenIdaho State House Adopts Workers’ Vaccine Compensation Act Biden Sends 2016 Climate Treaty to Senate for Ratification Rubio Promises to Slowly Pass Biden’s China, Spain’s Ambassador Nominee MORE‘s debacle will not have such a savior; Islamic jihad is not that kind of war. Instead of getting us out of Afghanistan and bringing peace to our time, he has opened the gates of hell. In a catastrophic and grossly ill-conceived strategic move, Biden has armed and empowered the Taliban and incited every Muslim fanatic from Morocco to Mindanao. Not since 9/11 have events so galvanized our enemies – American forces have left the field; the Afghan military is laying down arms; and the Taliban re-establish their Islamic emirate.

Of greater consequence, Biden has handed over the geographical heart of Khorasan to our enemies – the historic Islamic cultural, intellectual and theological center that was overthrown by the Mongols in the 14th century. It included parts of what are today six Asian countries stretching from Iran to Kyrgyzstan. For the Salafist jihadists, the heart of Khorasan is Afghanistan. And for the past many years, Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K) has established a center of operations there for its global Islamic caliphate.

We got a taste of what to expect from ISIS-K on August 26, when 13 US soldiers and 169 Afghans were killed in two suicide bombings at Kabul Airport.

ISIS-K is not alone. The Afghanistan-Pakistan region hosts the largest collection of terrorist organizations in the world, including 20 out of 61 groups designated by the U.S. State Department as foreign terrorist organizations. All of them – including Al Qaeda and Islamic State – are now celebrating this epic victory over the infidels.

We do not need a blue ribbon ring road panel to see what comes next. Afghanistan is evolving before our eyes into the Asian epicenter of global Islamic jihad – exactly what we set out to do 20 years ago to stop and stop for 20 years. Now we are back and seeing the slow train wreck that US strategy set in motion.

After 20 years of fighting, the Taliban are worse, tougher, more fanatical and more experienced than they were a generation ago. They are also far better equipped, with large stocks of military equipment left in the US bug-out. In addition, they enjoy a large number of fanatical recruits. The Afghan prisons are wide open, with the worst of the worst now running wild and shooting for revenge – thousands of an estimate, just from the Bagram Air Field prisons alone.

Terrorists liberated from Gitmo help lead the new Islamic emirate. Gholam Ruhani, Gitmo Prisoner No. 3, led America in a victory speech from the Presidential Palace on August 15th. Mulla Khairullah Khairkawa, liberated by former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBriahna Joy Gray: The White House sets Harris up to walk past her. as one of the “Taliban Five” in exchange for the US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, is now described as the mastermind behind the overthrow. Sen Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump’s Attack on McConnell Seen as a Prelude to the White House in 2024 Invited Trump to Participate in Fundraiser for Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Renewing Magnitsky: The Best Weapon Against a New Security Threat MORE (R-Ariz.) Described these five – the only Gitmo “forever prisoners” released without the approval of the Parole Board – as the hardest of the hard core and the highest risk for the inmates.

But the biggest problem is the influx of jihadist groups that are now rushing to make Afghanistan a safe haven and a base for international operations. The vanguard is already bleeding in from Pakistan. In addition to ISIS and Al Qaeda, among the first to arrive was the Pakistan-based Haqqani network – a US-designated foreign terrorist organization that helped activate bin Laden in the run-up to 9/11.

Since then, the Haqqani network has cultivated links with Al Qaeda and other jihadist organizations, while building a reputation as the deadliest terrorist network ever to operate in Afghanistan. Its leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is one of the top three deputies in the new Taliban leadership. Khalil Haqqani is responsible for security in Kabul and works with the leaders of other terrorist organizations such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Those celebrating the end of the “war in Afghanistan” have not paid attention. Afghanistan has never been more than just one theater in the real war of eternity – the global Islamic jihad. That war will end when the Salafists end it. For now, the loss of Afghanistan marks the beginning of a far more dangerous phase of the conflict.

Fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West have just been intensified with steroids.

Jeff Goodson is a retired U.S. Secretary of State. For 29 years with the US Agency for International Development, he worked on the ground in 49 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He deployed to Afghanistan three times in a total of 31 months, serving as Chief of Staff of the USAID in Kabul from 2006-2007 and Director of Development at ISAF Headquarters under General David Petraeus and General John Allen from 2010-2012.


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