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Former Secretary of State, and 2016 Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton just gave a stark warning to Joe Biden and his administration.
Pulling the troops out of Afghanistan at this time could have devastating consequences, Mediaite reported.
Clinton was interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in a segment that aired on Sunday and was asked what she thought about Biden’s Afghanistan decision.
“This is what we call a wicked problem,” she said. “You know there are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving. The president has made the decision to leave.”
She said that the United States should “focus on two huge consequences.”
“One, the potential collapse of the Afghan government and a takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, probably with a resumption of civil war in certain parts of the country, but a largely Taliban-run government at some point in the not-too-distant future,” the former secretary of state said.
“How do we help and protect the many, many thousands of Afghans who worked with the United States and NATO, who worked with American and other NATO-connected contractors who stood up and spoke out for women’s rights and human rights,” she said.
“I hope that the administration in concert with the Congress will have a very large visa program and will begin immediately to try to provide that channel for so many Afghans to utilize so that they are not left in danger. There will also be, I fear, a huge refugee outflow. And of course the second big set of problems revolves around a resumption of activities by global terrorist groups, most particularly Al Qaeda and the Islamic State,” Clinton said.
“It’s one thing to pull out troops that have been supporting security in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan military, leaving it pretty much to fend for itself, but we can’t afford to walk away from the consequences of that decision,” she said.
The interview aired around a week after Axios broke the news that she and another former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, were not fans of the decision by Biden.
“We had Secretaries Clinton and Condi Rice Zoom today with the committee,” a committee member said to Axios. “A little disagreement on Afghanistan, but they both agreed we’re going to need to sustain a counterterrorism mission somehow outside of that country.”
“Condi Rice is like, ‘You know, we’re probably gonna have to go back,'” after a possible surge in terrorist activity, the source said.
“With the potential for an Islamic State, coupled with what they’re going to do to our contractors in Yemen and Afghanistan is, sadly, it’s going to be tragic there and we all see it coming,” Republican Rep. Mike McCaul said.
And CNN reported that Al Qaeda is promising war on all fronts against the United States even after Biden pulls troops out.
In an exclusive interview with CNN conducted through intermediaries, two al Qaeda operatives tell CNN that “war against the US will be continuing on all other fronts unless they are expelled from the rest of the Islamic world.”
In the past al Qaeda has rarely responded to questions, choosing instead to hide behind its own self-serving propaganda, dodging even the most distant scrutiny. It’s unclear why the group has chosen to do so now.
Terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank, editor-in-chief of West Point’s CTC Sentinel, who reviewed al Qaeda’s answers, says it is possible “they feel buoyed by the Biden administration’s decision to pull out troops from Afghanistan, but they may also be seeking to deflect attention from the many recent losses.”
“Thanks to Afghans for the protection of comrades-in-arms, many such jihadi fronts have been successfully operating in different parts of the Islamic world for a long time,” a spokesman for the terrorist group said.