Chris Alexander was the first Canadian resident ambassador to Afghanistan for two years starting in 2003. He arrived in Kabul shortly after Mullah Omar’s Taliban regime was overthrown by the United States and its allies in the wake of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on September 11. America. Mr. Alexander then served as Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan until 2009.
“Joe Biden has some for Afghanistan,” he said.
“He is renowned for his hostility towards the Afghan mission and I say this from personal experience.
“He walked into our office at the UN in early 2009 as Obama’s elected vice president and the first thing he said to my boss and to me was’ you were basically useless, you didn’t haven’t accomplished anything here. We »We will get the troops home as soon as we can. We should never have been here in the first place.
“That was his position in 2009 and of course that point of view did not prevail in the Obama administration.
Mr. Alexander admitted that the US president is facing enormous political pressure in his country to bring back the troops.
He said it was an “incredibly popular” measure and that there was “almost no constituency to have troops anywhere”.
But he also suggested that Mr Biden’s decision was influenced by his previous support for the disastrous US war in Iraq.
“I think he also overcompensates the fact that in 2003 he was on the other side of these issues,” he said.
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“And when it went wrong, as it did quite quickly, I think he realized his mistake and has overcompensated his mistake since then. “
American public opinion broadly supports Mr. Biden’s withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, despite strong criticism from his political opponents.
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 54% supported the decision, while 42 were against.
However, only 27 percent of those polled believed the United States had achieved its goals in the country.
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It also paid a heavy price in losses – some 2,448 Americans were killed and more than 20,000 were injured.
Mr. Biden vigorously defended his decision to end the US mission in Afghanistan in a speech to the nation in early July.
He said it was no longer in the United States’ interest to continue to wage an “indefinite war” in Afghanistan and that the country must face the new threats of the present.
“Today, the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond Afghanistan,” he said.
Mr. Alexander asserts that one of the main sponsors of Islamic terrorism in the world and threats to Western democracy is in fact Pakistan and that the Biden administration must stop seeing Islamabad as a strategic non-NATO ally.
“I would say that the most successful Hybrid War waged against us in the last 20 years was actually waged by Pakistan because it created strategic confusion in the United States,” he said.
“Their proxy al-Qaeda attacked the United States, they were able to continue an irregular war on the ground against the United States which discredited the force of arms of the United States especially given the result of this month.
“And people in Washington are still debating, influential people are always saying ‘well, maybe we need to get closer to Pakistan so that we can influence the Taliban against even more extreme groups.’ It is devastating. “