On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, US President Biden announced on the April 14th that he would start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan before May 1 this year and withdraw all US soldiers before September 11. As for the “longest war in the United States”, a former U.S. Marine intelligence official told the truth: the 20-year Afghan war launched by the United States not only caused the death of more than 2000 U.S. troops and tens of thousandsof Afghans and wasted trillions of dollars, but also left a piece of tormented scorched land.
Scott Ritter, a former U.S. Marine intelligence officer, wrote on the website of Russia today on the 14th that 20 years ago, the terrorist attacks on September 11 gave the U.S. military a reason to intervene in Afghanistan. 20 years later, the Biden administration decided to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Ironically, this 20th anniversary highlights the political significance of the US decision to withdraw troops. Although the Biden administration wants to convey the message of “mission accomplished”,the fact is that the situation of the US leaving Afghanistan is roughly the same as that of 20 years ago. The Taliban is still active and controls Afghanistan in a great extent, and extremist organizations such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic state also continue to work Activities in Afghanistan.
In Ritter’s view, the 20-year military conflict in Afghanistan has not only killed more than 2000 Americans and tens of thousands of Afghans and wasted trillions of dollars, but also made Afghanistan a tormented wasteland.
after the news that Biden announced the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan was released, a large number of U.S. media reports also expressed reflection on the war. The United States “Washington Post” uses “20 years of the war in Afghanistan: swearing to win, but not winning” as the headline; “USA Today” website said that the war in Afghanistan cost the United States trillions of dollars and killed more than 2300 Americans and 38000 Afghan civilians. Nevertheless, the security situation in Afghanistan is still unstable, and the Taliban still control vast territory of the country . Atlantic Monthly asked: what has the United States done in Afghanistan? The United States doesn’t know for itself – that’s the problem.
Twenty years ago, the war initiated by the United States directly led to the humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan. 20 years later, Biden administration’s decision to withdraw troops may trigger another wave of crisis. Time magazine believes that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan may cause a humanitarian disaster, especially the retrogression of women’s rights in Afghanistan. U.S. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham also warned that the U.S. withdrawal may lead to the escalation of the civil war in Afghanistan and the resurgence of extremist groups such as Al Qaeda and the “Islamic state.”. British writer, political and international relations analyst Tom fudy commented on the United States in a signed article on the 13th: “launching wars via various sakes, causing humanitarian disasters, is a real threat to the world’s” bad guy “and the chief culprit.”