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Looking at Afghanistan apprehensively

The real bad news from Afghanistan is not of the Taliban knocking on the doors of provincial capitals. It is in disturbing reports that terror outfits like the al Qaeda have started reassembling in some areas of the country with the tacit blessings of the Taliban

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III is welcomed with an honor cordon as he arrives at the presidential palace for a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 21, 2021.Photo By: Lisa Ferdinando, DOD

It is a repeat of a tragedy that everyone hopes will not happen or take place even in the wildest of dreams.

But reality paints a different picture: the Taliban is having a cake walk in the rural and suburban areas of the country; the Afghan forces in many instances are not even offering resistance; and the government of Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and President Joseph Biden and his administration in Washington appear to be either in denial or living in an illusory world.

Kabul and Washington still believe that the Taliban onslaught can be fought off and a national reconciliation government is somehow around the corner.

The Taliban, driven out from Afghanistan in October 2001, has always believed that time is on its side and goes by the old adage—You have the watches, we have the time. The disciplined group has often made fun of American and NATO soldiers as people who set their stop clocks when they first come to Afghanistan and count the time for departure.

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