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Biden's Afghanistan Disaster: Predictable and Not Over

Terence P. Jeffrey on

A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday put a bright spotlight on President Joe Biden's imprudent withdrawal from Afghanistan.

At one point, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa asked Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, some simple yes-no questions about its consequences.

"Has the military's task to defeat terror threats from Afghanistan gotten harder?" Ernst asked.

"Yes," said Milley.

"Does the Taliban and its other terror partners have more ability to train and prepare in Afghanistan now that we've left?" she asked.

"More ability, yes," said Milley.

 

Ernst then cited an inexplicable statement Biden made on Aug. 20 claiming al-Qaida was gone from Afghanistan.

"What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al Qaeda gone?" Biden said then. "We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, as well as-as well as getting Osama bin Laden. And we did."

The United States, of course, did get rid of bin Laden -- in Pakistan. But did we get rid of al-Qaida in Afghanistan?

Not according to Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, who commands U.S. Central Command and who testified at Tuesday's hearing.

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