August last year, 2021, saw the humiliating surrender by Joe Biden, in Afghanistan, to the militant, Islamist Taliban.
At the time, the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board argued, “President Biden’s statement… washing his hands of Afghanistan deserves to go down as one of the most shameful in history by a Commander in Chief at such a moment of American retreat.”
The Wall Street Journal concluded its editorial by describing the US abandonment of Afghanistan to the Taliban as “The worst US humiliation since the fall of Saigon in 1975.”
Now that the Taliban are in control, the economy in Afghanistan has been progressively collapsing, leading to mass starvation and creating an enormous and destabilising new wave of refugees.
The latest development saw Biden last week issue an Executive Order to freeze $7 billion of the total assets that the Afghan Central Bank has kept in New York.
This was money deposited in New York, by the former administration, before the Taliban takeover.
Needless to say, the Taliban are claiming a right to the money, but under counter terrorism sanctions imposed by the United States, it is illegal to engage in financial transactions with the Taliban.
The Biden Administration has now decided that it will not object to any court decision to devote half the money to relatives of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
But then, the Biden Administration are going to seek to direct the remainder, $3.5 billion, toward a trust fund to be spent on “assistance” in Afghanistan.
I beg your pardon!
Does the naivety of the Biden Administration extend to believing that it will be able to keep $3.5 billion out of the hands of the Taliban?
The $7 billion includes assets like currency, bonds and gold, accumulated prior to Biden abandoning Afghanistan and handing the country over to the Taliban.
Now, a Biden Executive Order last week that seeks to direct $3.5 billion to be spent to aid the Afghan people, deserted last August by the same Biden Administration.
President Biden didn’t seem to worry too much about the Afghan people when he took off last year, withdrew troops and left the country in the hands of terrorists.
Now he seems to be saying there will be $3.5 billion in humanitarian relief but somehow this won’t turn into a gift for the Taliban.
How it will all work out, we are told, will take several months to determine.
If this is for humanitarian relief, for whom will the relief be provided and do Biden and his acolytes not understand that the names of such people who might be beneficiaries would put them in peril in Afghanistan.
This is but the latest chapter in what the Wall Street Journal described as “One of the most shameful in history by a Commander in Chief at such a moment of American retreat.”
Now, the same left-wing incompetents advising the cognitively deficient Biden would have you believe that the $3.5 billion won’t finish up in the hands of the Taliban to further prosper their terrorist ambitions.