As the United States brought back its armed forces from Afghanistan on Tuesday, ending 20 years of war, the former US President Donald Trump said that never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as by Americans from Afghanistan.
“Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan,” international news agency AFP reported quoting Trump.
The news agency report quoting the former president said: “In addition to the obvious, all equipment should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the USD 85 billion dollars in cost”.
“If it is not handed back, we should either go in with unequivocal military force and get it or at least bomb the hell out of it. Nobody ever thought such stupidity, as this feeble-brained withdrawal, was possible!” he was quoted further saying.
Trump’s successor President Joe Biden had retained Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to carry out the last mile negotiations with the Taliban.
America’s longest war took the lives of nearly 2,500 US troops and an estimated 240,000 Afghans, and cost some $2 trillion, Reuters reported.
As the US troops departed, they destroyed more than 70 aircraft, dozens of armored vehicles, and disabled air defenses that had thwarted an attempted rocket attack on the eve of the US departure.