Angelina Jolie Eviscerates Biden Admin For Afghanistan Withdrawal
Academy Award-winning actress and UN Ambassador Angelina Jolie is “ashamed” about the Biden Administration’s “failure” in Afghanistan.
“Whatever your views on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it should not have ended this way,” Jolie wrote in an op-ed on Friday.
“Giving up the idea of a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban, appearing to cut and run, and abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable, after so many years of effort and sacrifice, is a betrayal and a failure impossible to fully understand,” she accused.
Jolie ruminated about the people that the Taliban’s occupation is affecting most, including female students who risked their lives trying to get an education, the Afghan women who worked as public servants despite assassination attempts, and the activists that must now destroy any trace of their life’s work to keep their families safe.
“After all the bloodshed and effort and sacrifice and time, America seems to have lacked the will to plan this transition in a managed way,” she continued. “It was never going to be easy or perfect but could have been better, more decent and safer.”
Jolie said her “trust” in the administration has been shaken after twenty years of having faith that the war in Afghanistan was to protect our country and support a democratic Afghan state.
“As an American I am ashamed by the manner of our leaving. It diminishes us. We have lost leverage to influence what now happens in Afghanistan,” she wrote.
“The Eternals” star pointed out that the White House lacks a strategy to monitor the Taliban, who have a history of brutally targeting women who step “out of line,” and now faces a new refugee crisis with a quarter of a million Afghans displaced since May.
“Our allies are rightly upset, blaming the U.S. for a precipitate, unilateral withdrawal that missed the opportunity for any coordinated plan to preserve some of the gains made in the country,” Jolie went on. “We have to acknowledge and address these realities, if we are to have any hope of learning from this dark moment.”
She explained that evacuating “vulnerable people” and accepting refugees is an important step, but won’t solve the problem. “It is only the beginning of what we need to do if all the years of effort and sacrifice in Afghanistan aren’t going to be wasted,” Jolie concluded.