Chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan hurts US power abroad and leaves allies questioning the US: Chabot

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President Biden is under fire from members of Congress, the media and veterans for the chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which led to a swift takeover of the country by the Taliban. A lawmaker told Fox News that the actions of the Biden administration could cause U.S. allies around the world to question whether the United States will come to their aid if needed.

“To put it simply, the question is whether our allies still trust us and our enemies still fear us. I think that’s an open question,” Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) said in a statement. interview with Fox News Digital.

Chabot, who served as chairman of the Middle East and South Asia foreign affairs subcommittee from 2011 to 2012, said Afghanistan was particularly important to China, which he said was our ” main strategic adversary in the coming century “. He added that the Chinese Communist Party had already started to embrace the Taliban and capitalize on the chaos left behind as a result of the US withdrawal.

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Biden’s withdrawal from US forces, Chabot said, will give China an even stronger grip in the region and hamper US interests abroad.

“China will benefit, it already is, and it is a tragedy that we will pay for years, decades to come,” he said.

One of those allies that may question U.S. support is Taiwan, a country over which China has declared dominance for decades. Democracy in this part of the world, Chabot said, is crucial to the global interest of the United States, but the people of Taiwan are “very worried about it.”

“They have to question themselves, can they count on the United States?” he said. “I have always thought that one of the [President Xi’s] legacy items would take over Taiwan, and they’re more likely to act if they see a weakness, whether it’s from Taiwan or from the US … and that certainly makes another question. ”

Chabot stressed that the chaos that now ensues in Afghanistan was both predictable and preventable.

“We absolutely should have seen this coming, it was quite predictable, many of us warned the administration that it could happen,” said Chabot. “Sadly, despite this, they have shown a truly callous disregard for the safety of Americans, for the safety of the Afghans who have worked with us over the years, and for the safety of the 20 million women and girls who have worked with us over the years. will essentially go back to a twelfth century version of slavery.

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Chabot added that the crisis has also taken its toll on his constituents, some of whom are Gold Star families with loved ones who were killed in Afghanistan. They, he said, wonder if their sacrifice meant anything.

“What we’re saying… is that for 20 years we’ve been safe here in the United States. We haven’t suffered another 9/11,” Chabot said. “So the sacrifice certainly meant something. But it was a tragic blow at this point because of what the administration did on this reckless withdrawal without really any plan.”

The “reckless withdrawal” left thousands of Americans stranded in Afghanistan, leaving the Biden administration to rely on the Taliban to give them “safe passage” to Kabul airport to evacuate the country. Chabot said it was a mistake.

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“There is no reason for us to believe everything the Taliban tell us. We have to judge them by their actions, not what they say,” he said. “Apparently this administration doesn’t realize it, and it has put us in a position where we have no choice but to rely to some extent on them, their good graces. And the Taliban does. have no good graces. “

He also pointed out that the Taliban currently have a positive public face, but that all of that could change as they consolidate their control over the country.

“I believe they are going to be extinguished very soon,” said Chabot.

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The congressman said the disorganized nature of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has enabled the Taliban to obtain “lists” and other information they can use to track down those who have helped the United States.

“They got it, and they’re going to use it, unfortunately,” he said.

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