America’s ‘surrender’ in Afghanistan has made it lose respect in the eyes of its adversaries, ex-president says
Joe Biden’s presidency has been catastrophic for America’s international standing, former US President Donald Trump said Thursday at a Heritage Foundation event in Florida. The hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan has weakened Washington in the eyes of its adversaries, including China, Russia and Iran, he said.
“China no longer respects us, Iran no longer fears us, and with its monstrous invasion of Ukraine, Russia has shown how weak it thinks our leaders are,” he added. Trump said at the event, adding that such developments have caused America to “the most dangerous time in the history of our country right now.”
The former president blamed everything on the hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan which saw the Taliban take control of the country in a massive offensive. “Our nation was humiliated in Afghanistan, where we had soldiers killed, left American hostages behind and left … American military equipment,” Trump explained. “We went.”
The ex-president also claimed that while his administration also planned to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, the United States “to leave with dignity, great dignity and great strength” should he have been allowed to finish what he had planned to do.
Trump also claimed he would maintain the US presence at Bagram Air Base – once the largest US facility in Afghanistan located north of the nation’s capital, Kabul – solely to monitor China’s activities.
“[The base] is an hour away from where China manufactures its nuclear weapons because [sic] billions and billions of dollars to build many years ago and right now it looks to me like China is going to end up owning and operating Bagram,” insisted the former president.
The former president also claimed that he would not have allowed Russia to attack Ukraine if he had remained in the White House. “They would never have done this under the Trump administration. Never, not even a possibility,” he insisted, adding that Moscow had not engaged in any new military conflict during his presidency.
“Russia took Georgia under President Bush. They took Crimea under President Obama. They took nothing from under me, nothing. he said, adding that it was good that he withdrew US troops from Syria and Iraq and reduced the US presence in Afghanistan.
The ex-president notably referred to a brief military conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008, when Moscow supported the self-declared republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after Georgian troops bombarded the Ossetian capital. South, Tskhinval, and killed Russian blue helmets. Although Tbilisi has had no control over the breakaway republics since 1991, most nations still consider the territories part of Georgia.
Russia does not have“to take” any territory during the 2008 conflict, but helped push back Georgian forces from South Ossetia and Abkhazia and later recognized both republics. Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with Moscow in response.