South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told a BBC reporter the U.S. will eventually send troops back into Afghanistan.
“Whether you like Trump or not, whether you believe it’s Trump’s fault or Biden’s fault, here’s where we’re at as a world: The Taliban are not reformed, they’re 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 stomach,” he added.
“But most importantly, they’re going to give safe haven to Al Qaeda who has ambitions to drive us out of the Mid East writ large and attack us because of our way of life,” he continued. “We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria.” Graham continued.
The report was not the first time Graham noted the war with Afghanistan is not over. In a recent Fox News interview, the senator said, “We’ve entered into a new deadly chapter.”
Americans have been divided on Graham’s responses on Afghanistan, but on this matter, he’s likely right. He recognizes something many Americans don’t. Afghanistan never said the war ended. The Taliban still wants to develop a radical Muslim society that is part of a great global caliphate. Many holding the worldview still want to destroy the little Satan (Israel) and the big Satan (America).
It’s only a matter of time before one of two things happen. Radicals in Afghanistan will either do something so bad in their own country that Americans will cry out for intervention, or radicals will attack Americans somewhere else, either in the U.S. or another part of the world. This will lead to troops heading back into Afghanistan for another round.
As Americans, we don’t like long wars. We want victory, and we want it quickly. The Taliban simply sees its rise to power as part of its next phase in the long war against the west. As much as we’d like to say it’s over and be done, the best we can say is that it’s over for now.
Somewhere along the way, Graham figured this out. The Biden administration hasn’t. You can claim victory in a battle, but you can’t just walk away and say the war is over when the other team keeps picking more fights.
Whether Americans like the words or not, Graham’s prediction of American troops returning to Afghanistan is likely true. Biden had to send back 6,000 troops just to get most of the Americans out that he left behind.
Hopefully, when the nation has to act in the future, there will be a new administration that better understands the realities in the region. It would also be nice to see a new president who cares enough about Americans to truly not leave anyone behind.
Our nation desperately needs leadership that cares about America First and truly values the lives of every American.