In an interview with the BBC Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. said that it is inevitable that United States service members will return to Afghanistan at some point.
During the interview, Graham said President Joe Biden’s poorly executed withdrawal of the United States military along with the Taliban takes over of Afghanistan, will demand our military presence.
“We’ll have to because the threat will be so large,” Graham said. “Why did we go back to Syria and Iraq?” We currently have 5,000 troops in Iraq today because of the caliphate rising, projecting force outside of Iraq, killing Americans, French and attacking the British.
“So, yes it will be a cauldron for radical Islamic behavior. You cannot deal with this over the horizon.”
According to Graham, anyone that believes the Taliban has changed for the better is truly misguided.
“Whether you like former President Donald Trump or not, whether you believe it’s Trump’s fault or Biden’s fault, here’s where we are as a world: The Taliban are not reformed, are not new,” Graham said. “They have a view of the world out of sync with modern times. They’re going to impose a lifestyle on the Afghan people that I think is going to make us all sick to our stomachs.’
“Most importantly, they’re going to give safe haven to al-Qaida who have ambitions to drive us out of the Middle East and attack us because of our way of life. We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria,”
The senator has his own ideas about how to deal with the present situation and prevent the Taliban, al-Qaida, and ISIS from reigning terror on the entire free world.
“Help the resistance in the Tangi Valley. The Taliban will not be able to govern Afghanistan. “They’re hated by the Afghan people,” Graham said. “What’s going to happen over time is you’re going to see the resistance rise, ISIS will come after the Taliban big-time, and the entire country is going to fracture in the next year, creating a perfect storm for the Western interest to be attacked.”
“You can do one of two things. You can say, ‘That’s no longer my problem,’ or hit them before they hit you.”
Graham tried to address European viewers about the success of the Trump administration’s policies in combating terrorism.
“He destroyed the caliphate. It rose on former President Barack Obama and Biden’s watch and Trump sent the military in to destroy it, Graham said. “When he left, there were 2,500 U.S. soldiers on the ground with NATO allies. They’re no longer there.”
“He (Trump) killed Iran’s Qassem Soleimani, which I think is a good thing. He rebuilt the military in a fashion where we could be effective all over the globe. The deterioration of the military during the Obama years was real.”