US senator calls Afghanistan withdrawal “dishonorable” foreign policy decision
US Senator Lindsey Graham called Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal “one of the most ill-conceived, catastrophic, and dishonorable” decisions in the history of American foreign policy.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Graham stated that the withdrawal led to the Taliban’s rule which has repressed women and girls.
He also said that Afghanistan is once again seen as a “launching pad for attacks against American interests by radical Islamists,” adding that the withdrawal “put radical Islam on steroids” around the world.
Additionally, the US senator indicated that the withdrawal sent a “signal of weakness” to nations like Russia, China, and Iran—leading to great destabilization.
“This was all so unnecessary and avoidable.” Graham asserted.
The Biden administration has faced criticism for its handling of the withdrawal, which signaled the end of America’s longest war and the return of the Taliban to power.
The US President has, however, defended its decision as “the right thing to do.”
Recently, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said that the withdrawal was “an incredibly difficult” decision, but also the right one.
“For the first time in 20 years, we don’t have another generation of young Americans going to fight and die in Afghanistan.” Blinken stated.