Ron Johnson served in Afghanistan. He spent 20 years in the US military, retiring as a Special Forces colonel, followed by over 20 years as an operations officer with the CIA. He was then appointed US ambassador to El Salvador by President Trump.
So the guy was around the block once or twice. He uses this expertise to warn us of the potential domestic impact of the Biden bugout.
Biden and his administrator have tried to shirk responsibility for their failures in Afghanistan.
They refused to disclose the extent of the Taliban's seizure of equipment.
Congress must act to understand the full extent of this disaster and to address national security risks.
– Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 2, 2021
Johnson finishes off
Johnson: For nearly 20 years since the September 11, 2001, efforts by the US military and intelligence agencies have prevented other terrorist attacks from originating in Afghanistan. That may no longer be the case.
With the colossal failure of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and one national security error after another, the American homeland is facing the greatest potential terrorist threat in decades. This has been confirmed in recent reports from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC).
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On August 26, 13 US military personnel stationed in Afghanistan paid with their lives for these mistakes. It is now increasingly likely that ordinary civilians living in the United States would suffer the same fate because of these mistakes due to the increased risk of terrorist attacks.
In over 40 years of government service, I have never seen anything so badly planned, badly timed and horribly managed as the current Afghan “withdrawal”.
These mistakes didn't start overnight. These missteps began years ago with actions such as the Obama administration's release of five senior Taliban leaders in exchange for the disgraced deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Likewise, many other Taliban leaders from Guantanamo have been dismissed on the false premise that they will not return to the conflict area or engage in terrorist activities.
Those promises were lies
It became clear that these promises were nothing but lies to gain freedom. The Taliban cannot be trusted. The very same Taliban leaders who were released by the United States have returned to the fray and are now serving in senior positions within the Taliban. Recent strategic mistakes include abandoning Bagram Air Base. It was the most strategic airport in the region with the biggest setback and the best safety footprint.
The US troop withdrawal also enabled the release of over 5,000 prisoners from Afghan prisons, including Taliban, ISIS and Al-Qaeda fighters who were captured in operations by US personnel who risked their lives.
These terrorists promptly armed themselves with some of the hundreds of thousands of US small arms left behind and quickly made their way the short distance of about 50 miles to Kabul Airport, where some of the Taliban and US forces engaged in the stalemate.
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Others joined the hunt for the Americans, foreigners, Afghan translators, and American supporters who remained in the country. Some have already been found and killed and unfortunately many more will be found and likely tortured and executed.
Unfortunately, this task was made easier when the US gave the Taliban a list of Americans and translators so that the Taliban could supposedly facilitate their safe passage to the airport. Another shocking US expression of naivety and a lack of understanding or acceptance of the Afghan / Taliban reality.
Abandoned US embassy
The US gave up an $ 800 million embassy in Kabul and over $ 80 billion in military vehicles, aircraft and weapon systems. These abandoned items include armored and mine-resistant vehicles, over a hundred helicopters, light combat aircraft, cargo planes, hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles and intelligence surveillance-reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, night vision devices, small arms and potentially large sums of cash.
According to Adam Andrzejewski, OpenTheBooks.com CEO and Forbes executive officer, it's difficult to pinpoint precisely because the Biden government is hiding important audits of Afghan military equipment. However, it is clear that the Taliban are better equipped today than many armies in the world.
These irresponsible actions have given the Taliban and every other terrorist organization around the world the best recruiting tool imaginable, the idea that terrorism can win against even a superpower. This will result in increased support and recruitment not only in the region but around the world. Unclassified reports from the DHS and NCTC already underscore the threat that these actions pose to sway attacks in the U.S. homeland and elsewhere.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on September 3rd, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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