Adam Weinstein on Biden’s Afghanistan Remarks



Adam Weinstein, a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan and is now working at Quincy Institute as an analyst on Afghanistan, is available for comment on President Biden’s remarks today on the status of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Please attribute the following quotations to Adam Weinstein, Research Fellow at Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft:

  • “No viable alternative to withdrawal was ever put forward that did not involve indefinite U.S. combat operations against the Taliban.”
  • “Afghanistan is entering a fragile post-withdrawal phase and it is incumbent on the Biden administration to remain engaged through aid and diplomacy even after the withdrawal.”
  • “The Taliban lags behind the Afghan security forces in terms of technical capacity. The wild card will be cohesion and resolve to fight. The Afghan military must adjust to a more mobile fighting strategy that is sustainable without direct U.S. support.”
  • “It would be a mistake to leave Afghanistan only to engage in a disjointed whack-a-mole counterterrorism strategy around the world.”
  • “The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is a recognition that no military solution to the conflict exists, much less a U.S.-led one. It should also be a moment to reflect on the avoidable costs paid in American and Afghan lives of Washington’s 20- year intervention.”
  • “The invasion of Afghanistan was originally intended to dismantle al-Qaeda but gradually adopted nation-building language to justify its continuation. Washington made promises that it could not possibly keep and this legacy must be grappled with going forward.”
  • “Intra-Afghan negotiations have lost momentum and the best chance to resuscitate them is through the diplomatic intervention of regional countries.”
  • “A significant number of troops will remain to guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from threats and liaise with Afghan security forces but it is crucial to the integrity of U.S. diplomacy that this mission remains narrow.”

If you have additional questions for Adam on this topic, I’d be happy to connect you to him directly for follow up.


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  1. It slowly fades into “nation building light”, by means of seemingly innocent investments targeting “desirables”.
    No one ought ever do that again. Not what we signed up for.

    Does the Quincy Institute agree that we should reduce our military budget by 80% ?

  2. Too many believe this idea that it is complicated getting out. No, it isn’t. I’s just as easy to leave as it was to go there. The Quincey Institute? Soros/Koch funded ‘think tank’. What they really don’t want to mention with all this brain-drained thought provoking blah, blah, blah, is how to extricate without losing control of certain assets. As if the Taliban can’t revive Afghanistan as they did before. The only real problem for Afghanistan? How do they get rid of the western poppy fields and not starve. Reviving the opium growing there was most likely the entire (real) reason we went there in the first place. Anyway, Nixxon showed how easy it was to cut and run from Viet Nam. Viet Nam is still there, the US still exists and both countries are glad we’re gone. Staying and continuing to involve ourselves in THEIR COUNTRY, uninvited, will only draw things out and cause more issues, especially if people believe leaving mercenaries there is a good idea. All this BS about having to really think this out is just more hornswoggling, jockeying for positions is far more likely.

  3. Btw, Mr. Dean and Mr. Duff, we (your readers) would appreciate it if you make the article about that murder of the President of Haiti. Any real tracks of Clinton’s there? Thank you.

  4. Only the political way. USSR couldn’t do anything, but lost around 15000 of soldiers. Now the USA runs away. But to leave vacuum there – it would be the mistake. Complicated country. I will keep my eye on the negotiations of Taliban in Moscow. They have arrived. But the information must be tomorrow, I suppose.

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