Along with many veterans and Americans, I this week celebrated the death of al-Qaeda leader and 9/11 plotter Ayman al-Zawahiri. I remember when I saw the twin towers being hit on 9/11.

My life as a young adult was built a lot around my military service in and around Afghanistan, so having former Al-Qaeda No. 2 out of that blue marble is good news.

However, the strike raises uncomfortable questions for the Biden administration about some comments the president made a year ago trying to explain the random pullout from Afghanistan. Luckily for us, Fox News’ Peter Doocy made sure to hammer National Security Council spokesman John Kirby with these uncomfortable accomplishments.

The exchange between the two gentlemen also made me wonder if Mr Doocy was happy to have someone up to the task on the podium and if the White House is guessing who they have to occupy. the post of press officer. Say what you will about Mr. Kirby; he is better able to answer difficult questions than Karine Jean-Pierre.

Al-Qaeda is back, or maybe it never left

Mr. Doocy wasted no time questioning Mr. Kirby on the accuracy of President Biden’s comments from a year ago:

“You say you always knew there was a small number of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. President Biden said, “What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al-Qaeda gone?”

Generally eloquent and concise enough to answer difficult questions, Mr. Kirby responded as follows:

“Yeah, I mean, in a major way, al-Qaeda didn’t… play a major role in operations, resources, or planning in Afghanistan. But, Peter, I know that precisely because I was on another podium a year ago. And we talked about the fact that al-Qaeda has a presence in Afghanistan, but it’s small, and not incredibly strong or powerful.

So basically what I can take from that is that the president, as usual, said one thing when the reality was another. Although in fairness to Mr. Kirby, a year ago he issued a correction to the President’s statements regarding al-Qaeda, stating:

“We know that al-Qaeda is present, as well as the Islamic State, in Afghanistan, and we have been talking about it for some time.”

Unfortunately, it appears that the president was not part of those conversations.

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Very good questions

According to the government, Zawahiri was taken to a balcony in downtown Kabul. He would have stayed in the house with his family. Other than “Al-Qaeda had left Afghanistan”, a laughable statement in itself a year ago, the next question is whether the Taliban were knowingly harboring this man.

Mr. Doocy addresses this issue in his interrogation:

“So we know that the Taliban harbored the most wanted terrorist in the world. You gave a whole country to a bunch of people who are on the FBI’s most wanted list. What did you think was going to happen? »

A fair question which Mr. Kirby disputed arguing the validity that it was up to our country to give or not. What I found most interesting about Mr. Kirby’s response was this:

“I don’t want to question the whole war here, but obviously no one expected the Ghani government to fall as quickly as it did.”

Shouldn’t it be alarming that no one foresaw what would happen? I’m pretty confident there is a process to investigate and review why we were so incompetent in this assessment… but I don’t recall anything being made public yet.

Color me not surprised.

Mr. Doocy goes on to pose another big question regarding the Taliban’s lack of life:

“…until the part of the deal they made with the United States not to let Afghanistan be a place where terrorists feel safe, what are you going to do about that ?”

I am still waiting for this response. Although, if you believe the Taliban, they didn’t break any deals.

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If you believe that, I have a bridge for sale…

No surprise here; the Taliban stick to the claim that they had no idea Zawahiri was staying in Kabul. A house linked to the deputy leader of the Taliban, by the way.

Nobody buys this, at least I hope not. Instead, the The Taliban go even furtherclaiming that the US-led strike against Zawahiri was a “clear violation of…the Doha agreement”.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken little back, stating:

“The Taliban grossly violated the Doha agreement and repeated to the world that they would not allow Afghan territory to be used by terrorists to threaten the security of other countries.”

All right, Secretary Blinken, so what are we going to do about this?

Maybe we don’t need to worry about it; after all, the The Taliban issued a statement yesterday:

“There is no danger from the territory of Afghanistan for any country, including America.”

My mind is already at peace.

I don’t need to imagine

Bruce Hoffman of the Council on Foreign Relations and a counterterrorism expert said Zawahiri was given “VIP treatment” and:

“One can only imagine the kind of treatment other al-Qaeda officials and fighters experience.”

I don’t need to imagine. One year agowhen we pulled out and pulled out, more than three dozen top al-Qaeda leaders were released from a prison that my husband was guarding at one point.

Who freed them? The Taliban.

Members close to al-Qaeda currently hold critical positions in the Taliban government, including Sirajuddin Haqqani, who heads the Taliban’s interior ministry. Al-Qaeda is alive and well in the Afghan region, and it’s only a matter of time before they start training camps and plan their next move if they haven’t already. do.

This is how the world turns, and it looks like it will continue to turn, unfortunately. Let’s hope these “beyond the horizon” strikes continue to be effective for the good of the next generation of Americans.

I would hate to see my children fighting the same endless war their parents waged.

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