Maj. Gen Christopher Donahue told his British counterpart that U.S military operations would be embarrassing without similar operations in the UK, but to no avail, as he was politely rejected by a high-ranking officer of 22nd Special Air Service Regiment This show of rare tension between the U.S. and British command groups in Kabul reflects three factors: first, it shows the obvious stress associated with attempting to extricate thousands of personnel under a situation where terrorists are becoming increasingly sophisticated; second, this event reveals that both countries have become deeply entrenched in Afghanistan.
After years spent battling insurgents for control over territory needed by Taliban-controlled drug trafficking routes on their way from opium poppy fields across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas – but now there is no easy escape route as terrorist networks penetrate further around Kabul airport which has been made more difficult due to an increase in insurgent attacks surrounding its perimeter; lastly, this incident exposes how these two prestigious military forces have grown tired and weary while fighting what looks to be a little of lost cause now that the US has pulled out of Afghanistan.
The British military is capable of taking care of themselves in Kabul, and their Navy SEALs are present at the airport. They have also been helping Americans escape from Afghanistan to safety amidst U.S.-led operations around the country’s capital city. The difference between these two militaries comes down mostly to politics; as one could expect, a large-scale American operation beyond Kabul would be more frowned upon by Afghan civilians than if it were led by Britain or any other Western nation with less done historically against them on behalf of occupying forces over centuries past despite some recent exceptions such as Saddam Hussein during his rule before 2003 which was not welcomed either.
Until after he invaded Kuwait but that all changed after Operation Desert Storm. A bureaucratic tug of war between the State Department, Pentagon, and White House is also disrupting evacuation operations out of Kabul. This has aggravated British authorities who have been further frustrated by miscommunication from Washington on their intentions and actions.
Allies admit that only U.S military forces could provide airfield defense capabilities now in display but feel they are being overlooked until this messy jam can be sorted out at home-though some speculate about what will happen if a full invasion occurs while these three entities continue to bicker with one another back in DC. With the US administration’s questionable conduct of the Afghanistan withdrawal, allied officials have re-emphasized their concern about America’s credibility and confidence.
How will this affect our international relations? It is a puzzling question that deserves more attention than it has been given so far. I myself am a little worried about whether or not President Biden is capable of knowing what he is doing.
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