Hillary Clinton warned on Sunday that the United States could face “huge consequences” from President Biden’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan.
The former secretary of state was asked on CNN what he thought of Biden’s move to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 9/11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“It’s one thing to withdraw troops who have supported security in Afghanistan, backed the Afghan army, leaving it to fend for itself, but we can’t afford to stray from the consequences of that decision,” she said.
While acknowledging that the decision was “difficult”, Clinton noted the potential for “two huge consequences”
Afghanistan may have a “largely Taliban-led government at some point in the not-too-distant future,” said Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate since 2016.
“How can we help and protect the many, many thousands of Afghans who have worked with the United States and NATO, who have worked with American and other NATO-related artists who have stood up and advocated for women’s rights and human rights?” he asked.
“I hope that the administration, in agreement with Congress, will have a very large visa program and will immediately start trying to provide this channel for the use of so many Afghans so that they are not endangered.”
The former New York senator added: “I’m afraid there will be a huge outflow of refugees.”
“And, of course, the second big set of problems revolves around the resumption of the activities of global terrorist groups, especially Al Qaeda and Islamic State.”
US troops have been in Afghanistan since October 2001 following the 9/11 attacks last month.
About 2,500 US troops remain in Afghanistan.
Former President Donald Trump wanted to step down by May 1, but Biden said the deadline would be difficult to meet for “tactical reasons.”