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Why Has No One Been Held Accountable for Afghanistan?

AMAC Exclusive – By Simon Maas

Afghanistan

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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Lee S McQuillen
1 day 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!!!!

Rich
1 day ago

What in the hell is wrong with you? (alleged insurrection) I suppose the people that were killed there are alleged too. Tell that to their families face and see what happens to you. When will you people wake up. Disgusting!!

Pete from St Pete
2 days 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.

Tim Thompson
2 days ago

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

DonSmith
4 days 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?

Rich
3 days ago
Reply to  DonSmith

Aren’t you forgetting the biggest corrupt family in history? Donald Trump and his entire family. If your going to complain about corruption, get your facts straight and quit trying to bullshit people. By the way, hope you have your syringe filled with bleach that your idiot X president suggested. Please use it with his blessing, cause apparently you don’t care about the pandemic still killing people in this country, you would rather think about crap that happened years ago. Try and come back to earth!!

Bruce
3 days ago
Reply to  Rich

You’re on the wrong website. The delusional snowflakes are on the AARP site or CNN or somewhere else. Please stop muddying up the clear water with the KoolAid you’re drinking, real Americans are venting here.

Rich
1 day ago
Reply to  Bruce

I would bet your sucking up the FOX KoolAid aren’t you? Crap flowing like a river, you even probably believe that every news station is wrong except FOX. Tell me, do you belong to the trump popsicle club?

Becky
4 days 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.

Robert Zuccaro
4 days 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.

Mario Capparuccini
5 days ago

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

Jake
2 days ago

We need to split up into autonomous regions like in Spain short of another war.
Lets realize that not everyone is a communist in America.
Half the population thinks differently.
Autonomous states is the solution.
Limit the federal intrusion even if it costs
some irregular changes.
Enough is enough let them have their communism in their state
The union is dead , union of what? there is no union.

Boboh
1 day ago
Reply to  Jake

And that is supposed to make things better for all????

ATBOTL
5 days 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.

Robert Zuccaro
4 days ago
Reply to  ATBOTL

I’m sure the friends and family of the 13 dead servicemen and women are “dealing with it” after a botched withdrawl… no one I heard ever said we shouldn’t leave but it’s the “HOW” it was done! But what does anyone expect when the same Biden geniuses, with all the military presence in the Med AOR, couldn’t send just ONE armed drone or military jet or copter from Egypt and helped out in Benghazi?

Judy
5 days 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
5 days ago
Reply to  Judy

Trump lost in 2020 because he didn’t campaign against immigration like he did in 2016. He sold out on immigration, in other words. Biden’s approval ratings and polls suggest Biden will have a very hard time winning in 2024, if he runs.

Wanda
4 days ago
Reply to  ATBOTL

PELOSI, LONG BEFORE THE VOTES WERE CAST SAID BIDEN WAS GOING TO WIN NO MATTER WHAT, IT WAS ALL RIGGED….NO ONE SHOWED UP MUCH AT BIDENS TALKS….WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU….HE WAS ALREADY LOSING THE GAME, BUT, THEY FIXED IT…..TRUMP WON….BUT THE MACHINES WERE RIGGED ALONG WITH A LOT OF THE BALLET COUNTERS….BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY WHO….WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE H. CLINTON DEAL….THEY ADMITTED THAT THEY CAST BALLOTS FOR HER AND THREW AWAY BALLOTS FOR TRUMP….WERE THEY PUT IN JAILS, NO THEY WERE NOT….THEY USED THE SAME MACHINES FOR BIDEN THAT THEY USED TRYING TO GET HILLARY IN….AND GUESS WHO OWNED MOST OF THE BALLET MACHINES, THE COMPANY, GEORGE SOROS THAT IS WHO…DO SOME THINKING HERE….NOW, WHAT DO YOU COME UP WITH…IMMIGRATION, HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT….HE NEVER SOLD OUT….HE WAS BUILDING THE WALL, HAD TALKED TO THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO, AND THEY HAD WORKED OUT THAT THOSE ILLEGALS WOULD REMAIN IN MEXICO, UNTIL VETTED….DO YOUR HOMEWORK….NOT, JUST SUPPOSE….i HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ALL OF THIS FOR YEARS AND YEARS….I DO A LOT OF HOMEWORK ON POLITICALS….TRUMP, DID NOT BACK AWAY FROM ANYTHING AND HE NEVER HAS….THAT IS THE KIND OF MAN HE REALLY IS….HE IS NOT A QUITTER….HIS PRIDE WILL NOT LET HIM BE A QUITTER….AND HIS WORD IS HIS BOND…..”HE WALKS THE WALK AND TALKS THE TALK.”…

Judy
4 days ago
Reply to  Wanda

This poor individual is obviously in tuned to the MSM. This is the tragedy, all those out there getting nothing but false information from “fake news.” A verse in the Holy Scriptures in part reads, ‘for this they are willingly ignorant.’ So they choose not to learn the truth, and being taught in the schools that whatever they see or hear that opposes what they’re learning from Progressive ideologues is wrong and teaching that the ‘RIGHT WING’ who claim they know the truth are conspirators and racists. Like Christ says, ‘they are without excuse. He has created the wicked for the day of judgement. It’s sad, but true.

Bruce
3 days ago
Reply to  ATBOTL

Trump lost in 2020 because the democrats filled the election with fraudulent votes and didn’t even hide it when it was happening or allow any investigation after they were accused of it.

Rich
3 days ago
Reply to  Judy

Just answer the question, if this was a steal, then why did Republicans do so well on the down ticket?? No one seems to have an answer. YOU cannot pick and choose which part of the election you don’t like and call it a steal. Try to be open minded and figure out things!!!

Bruce
3 days ago
Reply to  Rich

I have the answer! When kids cheat on a test in school do they give themselves a 100%? When someone plaigerizes a writing do they copy it word for word? That fraudulent election was not easy, it was a major undertaking and they got what they wanted, the top spot and almost enough to totally take over the country. They’re unpatriotic, blind, and ignorant but they’re not stupid, they do know how to lie and cheat. Figure THAT out.

Steven H
5 days 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.

ATBOTL
5 days ago
Reply to  Steven H

The only real scandal in Benghazi was that the US military and CIA were running weapons stolen from the Libyan state to al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists in Syria. The claim that Hillary didn’t answer the phone fast enough in the middle of night or whatever non-sense was a false flag conspiracy theory to cover up the real crime. The policy of sending stolen Libyan weapons to terrorists in Syria was supported by most Republican and most Democrat politicians and pundits.

Robert Zuccaro
4 days ago
Reply to  ATBOTL

There are US military assets all over the Mediterranean but NONE available then? Puh-leeze.

Wanda
4 days ago
Reply to  ATBOTL

the Republicans never supported the running of military surplus to isis or al quaeda…the democrats led by the terrorist himself, aka, Obama and Biden and Clinton….democrats….

Judy
4 days ago
Reply to  ATBOTL

What exactly are you doing on here? Whatever your mission, it is futile. You are not going to convince any Constitutional American to agree with your irrational prattle. This platform supports our freedoms AND our mostly Christian Conservative views. If you are a supporter of the Progressive agenda, you’re going to get pounded on here. Hopefully you’re not, and just an incredibly misinformed individual.

Boboh
1 day ago
Reply to  ATBOTL

And do you have anything but words to back up your statements????

Bill on the Hill
4 days ago
Reply to  Steven H

Some call it ” sovereign immunity “… It applies at the local & federal level unfortunately…
Bill… :~)

Max
2 days ago
Reply to  Steven H

The Benghazi incident was a botched ops by the then Sec. of State to get rid of a couple of individuals that had damaging info about her.

Boboh
1 day ago
Reply to  Max

That is a great conspiracy theory!!!

Laura
5 days ago

or Benghazi

Craig K
5 days ago

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

Boboh
1 day ago
Reply to  Craig K

Great!! You must have gone through basic training or fraternity pledging. This is not a criticism, just a memory from 60 years ago.

David
5 days ago

How do you hold the CCP accountable?

Robert Zuccaro
4 days ago
Reply to  David

Stop buying Chinese kabuki masks to virtue signal COVID faux protection of us all being “together in this” like the ones Congress wears for one…

sher
4 days ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

So agree. Just showed on tv all the N95 masks Biden bought. MADE IN CHINA…

JoyceRobertson
5 days ago

Hello

Pat
5 days ago

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

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Scott
5 days 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.

HocasPocas
5 days 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

LCB
5 days ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

I feel the same way. We can’t take another 3 yrs. of this incompetent, corrupt, moron who doesn’t know how to give a [email protected]$t about anyone or anything except destroying our country.

Robert Zuccaro
4 days ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

I can’t believe 33% in a Quinnipiac poll thinks he’s doing great! Who ARE these people?

sher
4 days ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Pigolice, Chuckie schumer, Schiff, AOC. All the Commies!

Robin Walter Boyd
5 days 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.

grumpyoldcoot
5 days 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.

Smike
5 days 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.

HocasPocas
5 days ago
Reply to  Smike

Those people left behind shouldn’t have been. The way they did it was a disaster. And to leave all our military equipment behind is a disgrace.

Smike
4 days ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

How long did they know we were leaving? Trump made that very clear, very early and Biden even prolonged it. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone-so why didn’t they leave when they could have simply drove across the border? Why did they wait for USA to move them and resettle them and support them for the rest of their lives and send their children to universities that Americans can’t afford? Not to mention that they will not become citizens or pay taxes. But may get the right to vote in our elections.
Military equipment has a very limited shelf life and requires skilled maintenance and appropriate replacement parts. Neither of which were left behind in meaningful amounts. As we found out, the desert is no friend to modern equipment.

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