Biden should have seen Afghanistan collapse coming, Kelly Ayotte says

Ayotte – who was the co-chair of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s congressionally mandated Afghanistan Study Group – said the botched withdrawal was not an intelligence failure and that, while events unfoldedfasterthan many thought, Kabul’s collapse wasnot outside what people had to have told President Biden could happen.


I think many people think this happened more quickly, but this was one of the outcomes on the table that could happen from withdrawing these troops so precipitously,” Ayotte said, 称呼它 “very incompetent in the way this was done.

And the fact that they did not really think about how our people would get out safely,” 她继续, adding that there wasno clear logistics planfrom the Biden administration to help the interpreters and Afghan peoplewho helped usget out safely.

“所以, 对我来说, if you were going to withdraw from Afghanistan, this is not the way to do it and this was not done, 在我看来, in a responsible way,” Ayotte added.

Ayotte said that the Biden administrationshould haveevacuated all American citizens before pulling the troops out.

Ayotte warned that the “损伤” to America’s credibility by the botched withdrawal alsoemboldens our adversaries” 以及 “terrorist groups,” such as the Taliban.

The New Hampshire Republican also warned that theimpact on Afghan women is going to be devastating.

We’ve already heard reports that the Taliban coming into Afghan cities and forcing unmarried women to marry their fighters,” Ayotte said. “We know that women are already being abused, and that’s just the beginning.

Ayotte remarked that many of the younger women in Afghanistan have grown up without the Taliban being in power and havebeen able to do thingslike go to school, work a job andlive their lives.

That’s not going to happen, 不幸, 我认为, with the Taliban coming back into power,” 她说.

When asked if the Taliban would return to the practice of forced female genital mutilation, Ayotte said she hoped they would not but pointed to the group’s past history on the practice.

If you look at their history here, it’s a very disturbing one, 和, 不幸, I wish I could say that will never return but I cannot assure you of that,” Ayotte said. “I think they have a denigrated view of women and they do not view women as having any equality with men.

And they will degrade, and they will, 不幸, harm women and this is not going to be pretty for us to watch in terms of our record of human rights,” 她补充说.

Ayotte also called Biden’s speech on the mattertremendously disappointingand warned that the president’s decision in Afghanistan will “破坏” America’s credibility worldwide.

What I also worry about is that we’re going to see a much faster reconstitution of terror groups that could threaten the U.S. 在阿富汗,” the former senator said. “和, 对我来说, the fact that the president said we planned for every contingency — well, if this is the nature for planning for every contingency, we’re in deep trouble.

“因为, obviously we all saw the images of people trying to cling onto our planes as they left and our own people running for their lives,” Ayotte continued.

And that, 对我来说, is not what we should see from the United States of America,” 她补充说.

Ayotte also warned that China becoming emboldened bytaking a greater role in Afghanistanis not good for American interests.

I also worry that just the images of how this withdrawal was handled will embolden countries like China and Russia in furthering their narrative, which I do not believe is true, that the U.S. is no longer the superpower,” the former senator said.

Ayotte also said that she hopes Bidenwill follow throughon getting U.S. personnel and interpreters who helped American forces out of Afghanistan.

It would be shameful if we did not do that,” Ayotte said, adding the U.S. needs tokeep our eyeon thereconstitution of terrorist groupsin the region amid the withdrawal.




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