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Why Has No One Been Held Accountable for Afghanistan?

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2022
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AMAC Exclusive – By Simon Maas

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Months after the Biden administration’s botched evacuation from Afghanistan, the situation inside the country continues to deteriorate, posing a threat to American security interests at home and abroad.

Last month, the Taliban told the U.S. during talks in Doha, Qatar, that if the United States wanted 2,000 troops at its embassy in Kabul, the Taliban would station 2,000 mujahideen (i.e., suicide bombers) to the Afghan embassy in Washington, D.C., according to a new report by the Middle East Media Research Institute. But even as the full scope of the disaster continues to grow, no one inside the White House or at the top levels of the military responsible for the U.S. defeat has been held accountable – leading to the question of whether anyone ever will.

Despite President Biden’s repeated assertions that his so-called “over the horizon” strategy would keep the Taliban and other terrorist groups in check, the reality is far from what Americans were promised. The Taliban’s warnings about sending suicide bombers to the U.S. capital came not long before Zabihullah Mujahid, a longtime Taliban spokesman and deputy minister for information and culture for the new Taliban regime, said the jihadist group will include suicide bombers as part of a new branch of special forces in the Afghan army.

Maulvi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the acting defense minister of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, also issued an identical threat on Twitter. He is the same person who told an Afghan media outlet in July that the Taliban was not obligated to sever its longstanding ties with al Qaeda under its agreements with the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Taliban is now hunting down Afghans who criticize the Taliban in person or on social media, according to media reports and human rights groups. This comes as women across Afghan society fear for their safety with the Taliban in power.

Even amidst all these blatant threats against the U.S. and obvious human rights violations, the Biden administration continues to “engage” the Islamist group through diplomatic channels – despite not officially recognizing the Taliban government.

But even as more and more horrifying details come to light – both about what’s happening inside the country and about the gross negligence and incompetence in the handling of the situation by our leaders – it becomes even starker that no U.S. senior national security officials have been held accountable.

In any other line of work outside government, people who made such egregious, destructive mistakes would have been fired without hesitation—but apparently not in the Biden administration.

This is a scandal that should concern every American: If the Afghan fiasco wasn’t enough, just how badly do the men and women charged with protecting America’s security need to screw up before the President makes changes?

To appreciate just how shocking it should be that no one was fired or even reprimanded for the botched U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan, it’s important to remember a few key facts about the situation there prior to the departure of U.S. troops.

When Joe Biden took office, the Taliban were reduced to hiding out in caves and struggling just to survive. Al Qaeda could no longer operate in the country, and the American-backed government was slowly gaining strength.

The U.S. had also reduced its military involvement in the country to primarily air support and resupply operations. Afghan security forces were doing most of the fighting on the ground, which is why no Americans had died in combat in the country between February of 2020 and August of 2021.

In a matter of days, Biden and his national security team managed to reverse all of that progress. The Taliban swept through the country, capturing billions of dollars of American military equipment – paid for by American taxpayers – and 13 American service members were needlessly killed in the chaos that engulfed Kabul in the final hours of the American ground presence there. In an ironic twist, Biden even had to send more troops back into the country to ensure that the evacuation did not devolve into a massacre.

The last U.S. troops left Afghanistan on August 30. Not all Americans were evacuated, and some are still trapped there.

Simply put, the war ended in defeat, and American prestige was damaged around the world. Longtime allies openly criticized the United States. The Biden administration’s retreat from Afghanistan was an unmitigated disaster — an astonishing display of shameless incompetence. Although many top aides and military advisors have since claimed that they voiced their opposition to Biden’s strategy of withdrawal, that does not change the fact that the withdrawal they oversaw was nothing short of a catastrophe.

Yet, to this day, no senior civilian or military leaders — the decision-makers who planned and oversaw the disaster — have been fired. Everyone has remained in their same positions of power and influence over American national security.

That includes Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his underlings at the State Department, which is responsible for helping U.S. citizens abroad amid a crisis. It also includes National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who has recently come under fire for not doing enough to secure the release of Americans held hostage abroad in both Afghanistan and other hostile countries.

Of course, President Biden is ultimately responsible for what happened and is still happening in Afghanistan. And while he may not fire anyone for their role in the defeat, the American people will have a chance to fire Biden in 2024 – and they may not be so forgiving of such incompetence.

Simon Maas is the pen name of a writer living in Virginia.

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Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Perhaps because the majority of News Media dares not offend the Biden Democrats.

Bill on the Hill
Bill on the Hill
2 years ago

But of course the lack of government accountability goes way further back than the current installed potus… That said, Afghanistan will be Biden’s lasting legacy of failure, lest we forget his botched plandemic along with the fear & hysteria whipped up about a cold virus that has mostly denigrated itself to nearly harmless at this point…
The entire system of our federal gov’t has been corrupted for decades now, even Trump had a difficult time cracking that egg as he mentioned on more than one occasion, the SWAMP is far deeper than I ever realized, however it can’t be denied that Trump did far, far more attempting to clean up the mess in DC than any other POTUS in US history… Trump also accomplished far, far more in ( 4 ) years than most any other president could do serving ( 2 ) terms in office…
Does anyone miss President Trump yet? I for one miss the man beyond words & I am so saddened to see what these snakes, i.e. the democrat party have done to my country in such a short period of time as it defies logic that what is & has occurred was allowed to ever happen…
Biden is toast at this point & his handlers want him gone, however they are only to well aware that his VP can never become the next potus, so in essence, both of them need to go asap, if not America won’t make it to 2024 as anything recognizable at that stage…
Sitting on our laurels until the ’22 midterms is NOT the answer either… We need far, far more Jim Jordan’s & MTG’s to step up to the plate & STOP these Marxist driven democrats from sending the US into a virtual hell we can’t get ourselves out of…
In closing,
Trump won!
Bill… :~)

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

This regime has shown time and time again that they are feckless and unwilling to put America first. For these reasons alone they will never be reelected. Ever.

Fran
Fran
2 years ago

Afghanistan withdrawal was a HORRIFIC COMPLETE BETRAYAL AND A DISGRACE. BLOOD on BIDEN’S hands and his ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION

Boz
Boz
2 years ago

Because IiberaIs are not held accountable. Ever. For anything.

Corbin L Douthitt
Corbin L Douthitt
2 years ago

Why? Because Democrats are in power. Neither Democrats or the media will hold anyone accountable for any failure

Martha Spicklemire
Martha Spicklemire
2 years ago

Joe has forgotten all about it. And Kamala says that happened “yesterday”! Maybe once the Republicans take over Congress again and get rid the “woke”, they can look into some of this stuff.

The Democrats are a complete disgrace to democracy!!

Garye
Garye
2 years ago

Because the current majotity. Useless democrats are covering for their criminal pals!
I pray that American Citizens remember and justice prevails.
Elections have consequences and they need to be THROWN OUT!

RJ from Arizona
RJ from Arizona
2 years ago

Remember Hillary and the famous “what difference does it make now,”
Afghan is over, move on, don’t talk about it. We must beat people to death with covid. Always bash Trump. Afghan? Change the subject, racism is always a good topic. They don’t have a clue on what to do or how to do it. They are putrid.

DJames
DJames
2 years ago

Where are the mass protests ?? Where are the rallies ?? Inflation out of control..the southern borders overrun with illegals .. Billions of military hardware left to our sworn enemy. Words of logic mean squat to the Socialists. Elections in 2022 will be a farce.
The vast majority of American are sheeple. They don’t have the guts or leadership to rebel.
America is LOST. You may carve that in stone !

Lynn
Lynn
2 years ago

In government “service” the only ones they serve are themselves. Incompetence is rewarded with a promotion somewhere else to get you away to mess up a different area. You get a lovely pension and great healthcare. If you’re a big shot, you get access to rich and powerful folks who make you rich and powerful as well.

BlessedAmerican
BlessedAmerican
2 years ago

If ever there was a legitimate, compelling reason for impeachment ….

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
2 years ago

Its not only”joey”thats the problem,its the whole inept anti AMERICAN socialist cult.I feel that there are none of them that know their middle backside from deepest mine which are holes in the ground.

God
God
2 years ago

Sheer Democrat incompetence at every level. WAKEUP AMERICA——-Vote Nov. 22——–Make America Great Again

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Afghan debacle account:
o DoD
o State Dept
o White House
ALL for debacle

Willy E
Willy E
2 years ago

It is GLARINGLY obvious to anyone with a brain who is responsible, but as long as the Democrats maintain their strangle hold on the political system no one will be held accountable.

Joe M
Joe M
2 years ago

We may never see the justice that we want in this lifetime ……. but rest assured that justice will prevail after all involved have passed !!

Smike
Smike
2 years ago

Anyone who’s spent any time in Afgan or Iraq can tell you they support who ever pays them the most and the only people they hate more than us is each other. The only industry that the people participate in is – war. There is nothing else. They either fight for “someone” or they starve. They have as much loyalty to that “someone” as they did to us – none. For us it was a great place to test and develop tactics and weapons. It’s a money pit that we no longer need, there is little left to learn by being there any longer.
When we went in we had a mission. That mission was completed – we should have packed up and left them to take care of their own country. We need to take care of our country; we need to take care of our people and the time to do that is NOW.

grumpyoldcoot
grumpyoldcoot
2 years ago

Biden doesn’t have the balls to deal with Taliban killers, so why does he still pretend that he does?
It should be evident to a fifth-grader that one doesn’t say “Please don’t” to the schoolyard bully. It doesn’t work, and never has. What does work is violent retribution, which is highly instructional.

Robin Walter Boyd
Robin Walter Boyd
2 years ago

Whether to the extreme right or extreme left of the ideological scale, fascists do not believe they should ever be held accountable for anything other than making anyone who does not support them accountable for things that the fascist elites fabricate. In the U.S., it is Progressive fascists in government who are in control of the nation at this time. If we do not make those who are rapidly injecting more and more Socialism into the U.S. accountable for how badly we pulled out of Afghanistan, Leftist rioting that has cost lives and property far beyond that which the riot in D.C. caused on January 6, 2021, excessive loss of jobs, lives and the economy overall due to the horrible way they reacted to the release and deliberate spread of the Wuhan virus by Communist China, we simply will not exist as a free capitalist, Constitutional Republic.

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
2 years ago

Why should we have to wait until 2024 ? We won’t have a freedom loving country by then. Heck we probably won’t even have a country by then

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

“…include suicide bombers as part of a new branch of special forces in the Afghan army.” You thought our government was incompetent; talk about an unsustainable business model.

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

Clearly, they have no reason to concern themselves about being held responsible … for anything.
They Never Have Been!

JoyceRobertson
JoyceRobertson
2 years ago

Hello

David
David
2 years ago

How do you hold the CCP accountable?

Craig K
Craig K
2 years ago

Simple answer: Our DOJ, CIA anf FBI are corrupt and need to be dismantled from top to whale shit bottom!

Laura
Laura
2 years ago

or Benghazi

Steven H
Steven H
2 years ago

Remember Benghazi. No accountability then and none now. There is no accountability in politics. Makes you wonder why many Americans don’t trust their government. Politicians have different rules than the rest of us.

Judy
Judy
2 years ago

How on earth does the writer of this article even think there’s the possibility that Biden could be defeated in 2024 or even before that?
With everything he just layed out as proof of our incompetant and dangerous, mentally disturbed government leaders, and how they are seen in the eyes of the entire world, how can he consciously entertain that idea.
In my assessment of all this, since the 2020 election steal, no matter how many disastrous outcomes this illegal dictatorship is responsible for, they’ll never be held accountable! They already have this country right where they want it, full of corrupt politicians who are easily bought off, and others are afraid of them because they threaten their lives if they cross a line, like when they threatened the Justice’s and their families if they looked at any election fraud evidence!! By the way, all those who are shaking their fists and rattling their imaginary sabres at the Demonrats, it’s a ploy, it’s an election year, need I say more….other than ‘ACTIONS’ speak louder than words, as the saying goes!
And let’s not forget all the sissy sheep citizens who are too afraid to do anything against them. These traitors aren’t worried about a damn thing!!
Speaking of sissy sheep, anybody else wonder what’s happened to ‘real men’s these days. Look around! Seems many of our high school boys are walking and talking like girls! Even worse from college! They don’t see themselves as men at all! So yeah, they have us right where they want us.
How could a nation once as great as ours, get to this point? I think I’ve answered that in other comments on other postings by AMAC. People can pretty much guess where I’m coming from….and I fully believe it’s true. No one is stepping up to really do anything about the total corruption and take down of the destroyers of this country. Traitors are put before a firing squad and executed!! THAT is what a Godly honorable government leadership does to protect and secure their country. The way we’re going, by 2023 we won’t even be a country anymore! MAKES ME SICK!!

ATBOTL
ATBOTL
2 years ago

The war is over, deal with it. Biden did the right thing by leaving. The only people who need to be held accountable are the people who started the endless occupation, not the people who ended the occupation. That would be Obama, who flooded the country with American troops years after the Taliban was defeated. Obama tried to nation-build in Afghanistan and it didn’t work.

Mario Capparuccini
Mario Capparuccini
2 years ago

I do not understand why Taliban officials remain on Twitter espousing hatred and violence but President Trump gets banned for life.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
2 years ago

The same reason weasel Comey can read off twenty-minutes of provable felonies and Hillary isn’t in prison: our government is corrupt, dirty, and full of unaccountable criminals.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

To those Americans, especially in ‘media’, who continue to avoid the fact these are a bunch of Communists in power……under Communism the elite are NEVER punished.

DonSmith
DonSmith
2 years ago

Are you kidding? When was the last time anyone in government was held accountable for anything? Afghanistan, southern border, Vietnam, Fauci sponsored coviv-19, Biden family corruption, Clinton fmly corruption, Pelosi fmly corruption, McConnell fmly corruption, Bush fmly corruption. I hear that even at his advanced age Dick Cheney is still spending 12 to 16 hrs a day looking for Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. Ever been through an OSHA audit? If not you should schedule one. Inflation, destruction of the black fmly. Shutting down domestic oil production so we could import more from our enemies. Encouraging Europe’s dependency on Russian energy. Need I GO ON?

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson
2 years ago

Simple because the Democrat Marxists are in power. Biden rules the roost!

Pete from St Pete
Pete from St Pete
2 years ago

I disagree. Lee Harvey Oswald was held fully accountable for killing JFK. Oh, wait a minute, that was done by a rogue thug, not the government.

Lee S McQuillen
Lee S McQuillen
2 years ago

I suspect that the failure in Afghanistan is being covered up by the big deal being made about January 6 and the alleged “insurrection” in DC. Can’t trust these guys at all!!!!

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

Failure in Afganistan? If victory was expected what the heck were we doing there for TWENTY years has anyone seen the books? Maybe we should start there

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

Failure in Afganistan? If victory was expected what the heck were we doing there for TWENTY years has anyone seen the books? Maybe we should start there

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