Mistakes in US Government's Crisis Management during Afghanistan Withdrawal
Mistakes in the Crisis Management of the US Government
The US government made mistakes during the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, as revealed in an investigative report by the US Department of State. The report points to decisions made by both US President Biden and his predecessor, Trump.
The US government made errors in its crisis management before and during the withdrawal from Afghanistan. This is stated in an investigative report published in part by the US Department of State.
The decisions made by both US President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump to withdraw the military "presented significant challenges" to the Department of State. Reasons cited include gaps in leadership positions on the ground and personnel shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, there was insufficient consideration at the highest level of worst-case scenarios and the speed at which they could occur.
Chaotic Troop Withdrawal
In terms of future crises, the report's recommendations emphasize the importance of ensuring a wide range of opinions are heard. This includes voices that question political decisions.
Foreign troops, led by the United States, invaded Afghanistan in 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001. The international intervention led to the overthrow of the Taliban government, which had provided shelter to al-Qaeda terrorists. The military operation incurred enormous costs, with tens of thousands of civilians and Afghan security forces losing their lives, as well as several thousand international soldiers, including 2,461 Americans.
In late August 2021, the last US troops finally left Afghanistan, bringing an end to the international military intervention in the country after nearly 20 years, just as the Taliban had recently regained power in Kabul. The American-initiated troop withdrawal was chaotic and drew criticism and bewilderment from the international community.