Afghanistan: Western civilisation may be 'at risk' says expert

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Author Vivek Ramaswamy launched a brutal dissection of Joe Biden’s conduct towards Afghanistan. Mr Ramaswamy blamed Mr Biden’s “woke” self-criticism for the Taliban takeover and warning that western civilisation may be at “greater risk” now. GB News presenter Dan Wootton asked the author: “Do you really believe that the way Joe Biden has joined the woke warriors and slamming the US on a whole load of issues impacted what happened in Afghanistan?”

Mr Ramaswamy replied: “I cannot tell you definitively that it would have been different, but for any one factor, the broader point stands.

“If there’s been exactly one thing that would have prevented this catastrophe from unfolding and it is this – if the Taliban credibly believed that there was a threat of total decimation imposed by the United States for the Taliban reneging on its prior commitments, then they would have shifted their cost-benefit calculus in a different direction.

“I do not think they would have taken the risk of going in for cobble, but they knew that Joe Biden wasn’t going to do it because first he never issued such a threat.

And secondly, even if he did, they knew that even he believed he didn’t have the moral standing to deliver on it.

“And he’s obsessing over selfcriticism of the United States in a way that diminishes the moral standing of the United States to use extraordinary force precisely when he needs it most.”

He went on: “And this is one of several geopolitical consequences of wokeism.

“One of the other geopolitical tools is the fact that corporate America and companies like Twitter are further aiding foreign actors like the Taliban in what they do because they have allowed the Taliban to continue tweeting to their followers.

“They continue to ban the 45th president United States permanently in the United States from being from communicating with his own followers.”


Mr Ramaswamy continued: “So I think that to face behavior of corporate America having turned its back on America, combined with America’s top leader obsessing in self-criticism that erodes his own moral standing to take extraordinary force,.

“And to use the leverage of the threat of an extraordinary force to be able to deter action and bad behavior from groups like the Taliban is part of what contributed to the catastrophe we saw on the global stage today.

“And I’m sorry to say that not just the United States, but I think Western civilisation as we know it may be at greater risk because of it now that the Taliban controls Afghanistan.”

Since President Biden withdrew troops from Afghanistan, he has stood “squarely behind” his decision.


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But Biden is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency after the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban forces, resulting in a humanitarian catastrophe.

Polls have long shown strong public support for ending America’s longest war.

As the airlift of Western citizens and Afghans who worked for foreign governments sought to ramp up, MR Biden said US forces would remain until the evacuation of Americans was finished, even if that meant staying past August 31.

Asked in an interview with ABC News if the exit of U.S. troops could have been handled better, Mr Biden said: “No. … The idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”

US officials have told the Taliban “that we expect them to allow all American citizens, all third-country nationals, and all Afghans who wish to leave to do so safely and without harassment,” US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters in Washington.

But the 4,500 US troops in Kabul cannot help bring people to the airport for evacuation because they are focused on securing the airfield, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a Washington news conference, acknowledging that evacuations had not reached targets.

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