In his recent book, “A Promised Land,” former U.S. President Barack Obama discussed many important issues and cases, both domestic and international. One of these topics is his vision of America’s role in the world, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Reading the information Obama has discussed and explained in his book, including his positions and policies, is useful for anyone interested in monitoring international events. It is also important to understand how they permanently intersect with the interests of all countries and peoples of the world when there is alliance and hostility against America as the most powerful empire in human history.
There is something that Obama certainly did not mention. Any observer can think of how much was left unsaid, either for compelling reasons of American national security, or for Obama’s personal interest. In fact, Obama has created a dominant political current within the Democratic Party. Moreover, many of his policies and theories are still being applied, especially under President Joe Biden’s current administration. Many of his men and his staff, a large number of whom were part of Obama’s administration, have also adopted his policies. Biden himself was Obama’s deputy for two terms that lasted eight years.
In the book, Obama mentioned the “situation in Afghanistan” many times, but he quoted an important session that took place in November 2009. “For all the drama, the substantive differences between members of my team had by this point shrunk considerably. The generals conceded that eradicating the Taliban from Afghanistan was unrealistic,” He said commenting on that session. More importantly, he added, “Joe and my CNC staff acknowledged that CT operations against al-Qaida couldn’t work if the Taliban overran the country.”
In short, what Biden did was a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, leaving it under the complete control of the Taliban. What has changed over 12 years in the Afghan or international scene that made him change his opinion so sharply? In reality, nothing has changed in a way that altered the game and pushed toward withdrawal from Afghanistan, a very dangerous and historical decision for America and the world.
“Withdrawal” from the world is one of the main constituents of the policy adopted by Obama, his team and his political current within the Democratic Party, and Biden’s political decisions are a continuity of this theory. The fact that Obama has shed a lot of light on Biden’s policies shows that he has adopted them with conviction, and with more enthusiasm than Obama himself has. Biden did what he was completely convinced of.
The sharp criticism directed at Biden’s decision came from America itself, but also from his supporting political current before the Republican Party supporters. Many people are aware of the consequences that this decision will have in the future, and the imminent danger that it will bring to the world and to America itself. Sharp criticism will not come from America’s allies around the world, in Europe or elsewhere, because none of them want political tension with an American administration that has hardly been in power for a couple of months, with more than three years left in office.
Sharp criticism against Biden’s decision comes from America. Those dealing with thorny issues in a superficial manner are content with political slogans and unconvincing economic analyses. This demonstrates an extreme lack of knowledge about everything related to Islamic political movements.
Criticizing Biden’s withdrawal decision will naturally develop inside America first, then expand to the world. It will be a crucial criterion for judging this administration and its performance in the upcoming midterm elections. Congressional representatives from both parties and some of the media affiliated with Biden have already begun to criticize this decision, and it is easy to see how this criticism will develop later.
Finally, the Taliban movement and what they represent inside Afghanistan, along with their ties with some Islamic and Arab countries, is a complex topic. It requires a lot of scientific and objective monitoring and analysis.