Biden finally ‘admits’ that the global war on terror was a hoax; reveals it was still US war in Afghanistan

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A careful reading of the reasoning invoked by then-President George Bush when the United States attacked Taliban-ruled Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, thus officially launching what was called “Operation Enduring Freedom”, suggests that outgoing President Joe Biden was frugal with the truth in his first public comments on August 16 since the Taliban regained full control of Kabul.

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Biden said, among others, the following:

We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear objectives: to get those who attacked us on September 11, 2001 and to ensure that Al Qaeda cannot use Afghanistan as a base to attack us again. ..

We did it. We have seriously degraded al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. We never gave up on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and we did. It was ten years ago.

Our mission in Afghanistan was never meant to be about nation building. It was never meant to create a unified, centralized democracy.

Our only vital national interest in Afghanistan remains today what it has always been: to prevent a terrorist attack on the American homeland.. “

However, a little research reveals that the US military intervention in 2001 was not just for counterterrorism in a superficial way. Nor was it a war for America alone. It was a global war on terrorism, involving other countries as well.

The Bush Era

In fact, the American bombing campaign against Taliban forces began with British support. And on the same day (October 7), Canada, Australia, Germany and France pledged future support for US forces.

Subsequently, it developed into International Security Forces (ISAF) which fought in Afghanistan, of course under American leadership and mainly with NATO forces (Japan also contributed).

NATO assumed full control of the growing NATO / ISAF role across the country on August 8, 2003. In fact, this was NATO’s first operational engagement outside of Europe.

For these military operations in the first 100 days, then-US President George Bush had met with at least 51 different countries to help garner support. No less than 136 countries have offered a range of military assistance. The United States has received 46 multilateral statements of support from different organizations.

US troops engaged in the “war on terror” in Afghanistan. (archive photo)

No less than 89 countries have granted overflight authorization for US military aircraft. No less than 76 countries have granted landing rights to US military aircraft. And up to 23 countries have agreed to host US forces involved in offensive operations.

Second, the war was fought not only militarily but also financially. In fact, President Bush fired the first shot in the war on terror with the stroke of a pen to seize the financial assets of terrorists and disrupt their fundraising channels.

The global financial community has been quick to deprive terrorists (whether it is the Taliban or Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden) of their financial support.

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No less than 196 countries have supported the financial war on terrorism; 142 countries have acted to freeze the assets of terrorists; and in the United States alone, the assets of 153 known terrorists, terrorist organizations and terrorist financial centers have been frozen.

All this resulted in the closure of the main terrorist financial networks. The United States has frozen more than $ 33 million in assets of terrorist organizations. Other countries have also blocked an additional $ 33 million.

On November 7, 2001, the United States and its allies shut down the operations of two major financial networks – al-Barakaat and al-Taqwa – both of which were used by al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden as sources of revenue and mechanisms. fund transfer. .

On December 4, President Bush froze the assets of a US-based foundation – the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development – which funneled money to the terrorist organization Hamas.

Likewise, the US government created three new organizations: the Foreign Terrorist Asset Tracking Center (FTAT), Operation Green Quest, and the Terrorist Financing Task Force. These new organizations aimed to facilitate information sharing between intelligence and law enforcement agencies and to encourage other countries to identify, disrupt and defeat terrorist financing networks.

As a result, the Financial Action Task Force – a group of 29 countries promoting anti-money laundering policies – adopted tough new standards to deny terrorists access to the global financial system.

Global cooperation

Thus, it was not the only American intervention but a global enterprise, both military and financial, that in the first 100 days saw the collapse of the Taliban and the flight of Osama bin Laden to Pakistan.

And more importantly, after the fall of Kabul in November 2001, the United Nations invited the main Afghan factions, mainly the Northern Alliance and a group led by the former king (but not the Taliban), to a conference in Bonn, Germany. .

On December 5, 2001, the factions signed the Bonn Agreement, approved by UN Security Council resolution 1383. The deal, which was said to have been made with substantial Iranian diplomatic assistance due to Iran’s support for the Northern Alliance faction, installed Hamid Karzai as the interim administration head.

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It may be noted that in this war on terror, the Bush administration was equally adamant that defeating terrorists and their leaders was only the easiest part of the job. The real challenge was “nation building”, especially in “failed states” like Afghanistan which were more vulnerable to terrorism.

President Bush argued that the “weakness of the state” in Afghanistan should be isolated and kept at bay in order to ensure peace and security and to ward off terrorism. For him, preventing states from failing and resuscitating those that fail were equally vital strategic and moral imperatives for America.

Bush therefore invoked the Marshall Plan (American aid for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II) by declaring that America would help Afghanistan to develop “a stable and free government, an education system and a viable economy” .

The promotion of human rights, freedom of speech and expression, including the empowerment of women, had to be firmly embedded in an inclusive Afghan constitution that would guide future Afghan governments.

This is how massive international aid, including financial aid, was provided to Afghanistan for its reconstruction and development. All of this, it was recognized, was highly imperative in isolating the terrorists.

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The building of the Afghan nation

“Rebuilding Afghanistan” and “a Constitution for Afghanistan” was the priority of President Bush’s project.

The aforementioned characteristics of the US intervention in Afghanistan featured prominently in the United States National Security Strategy, released in September 2002.

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Then-US President George W. Bush and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai at the opening ceremony of the new US embassy in Kabul on March 1, 2006. (via Twitter)

He clearly said that “we will disrupt and destroy terrorist organizations by:

  • direct and continuous action using all the elements of national and international power. Our immediate focus will be terrorist organizations of global reach and any terrorist or sponsoring state of terrorism, which attempts to acquire or use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or their precursors;
  • defend the United States, the American people, and our interests at home and abroad by identifying and destroying the threat before it reaches our borders. While the United States will constantly strive to secure the support of the international community, we will not hesitate to act alone, if necessary, to exercise our right of self-defense by acting preemptively against these terrorists, to prevent them from harming our people and our country; and
  • deny terrorists additional sponsorship, support and sanctuary by convincing or forcing states to accept their sovereign responsibilities. We will also wage a war of ideas to win the battle against international terrorism.

This includes:

  • using all the influence of the United States and working closely with allies and friends, to make it clear that all acts of terrorism are illegitimate so that terrorism is viewed in the same light as slavery, the piracy or genocide: behavior that no respectable government can tolerate or support and all must oppose;
  • support moderate and modern government, especially in the Muslim world, to ensure that the conditions and ideologies that promote terrorism do not find fertile ground in any nation;
  • reduce the underlying conditions which generate terrorism by encouraging the international community to concentrate its efforts and resources on the areas most at risk; and
  • use effective public diplomacy to promote the free flow of information and ideas in order to arouse the hopes and aspirations for freedom of those living in societies ruled by the sponsors of global terrorism.

Seen in this way, if one relies on President Bush, who intervened in Afghanistan, the fight against terror in Afghanistan was “comprehensive” requiring global cooperation and that preventing terrorists from returning through nation-building was as important as defeating them.

President Biden, who is withdrawing from Afghanistan, apparently does not think so. He seems to believe that the fight in Afghanistan was the fight of the United States, that it was an isolated fight with no connection elsewhere, that in order to leave Afghanistan he does not need to seek approval. countries or those who had fought with the United States, and that rebuilding Afghanistan is not America’s business.



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