Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN on Sunday that the United States should focus on “two huge consequences” following President Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.
News drive: Axios said Friday that Clinton and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have expressed concern to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the move. When CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked her what she thought of the decision, she said, “Well, it’s taken and I know it’s a very difficult decision.”
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What else does she say: The first major consequence is “the potential collapse of the Afghan government and the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban,”
“Probably with the resumption of civil war in certain parts of the country, but largely ruled by the Taliban government at some point in the not-so-distant future.”
Clinton said it was important to protect the “thousands of Afghans” who worked with the United States and NATO, “who stood up and advocated for women’s rights and human rights.” She expressed hope that a visa program could be set up for them in the United States
“I’m afraid there will be a huge outflow of refugees,” she said. “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.”
Bottom line: “It’s one thing to withdraw troops who have supported security in Afghanistan, supported the Afghan army, leaving it to fend for itself, but we can’t afford to stray from the consequences of that decision, “Clinton said.
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