“The Taliban in control of Afghanistan threatens the possibility of terrorists taking control of Pakistan … that means maybe 150 nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists,” Bolton told John Catsimatidis in an interview on his WABC 770 radio show on Sunday.
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“China, which already has a lot of influence in Pakistan, is going to increase its influence and put more pressure on India. This is a big development in that part of the world,” continued Bolton, a veteran of several Republican presidential administrations.
BOOING FROM THE SIDELINES
- “On this question of withdrawal from Afghanistan, Trump and Biden are like tweedle-dee and tweedle dum,” Bolton said. “It’s been a catastrophe and I’m afraid it’s only going to get worse.”
Other prominent critics of the bipartisan “America First” turn in U.S. foreign policy have similarly predicted the Afghanistan pullout will compromise U.S. national security.
- Both former Democratic Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, have suggested the U.S. military will have to return to South Asia.
U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, testifying about the withdrawal before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, said, “The war on terror is not over, and the war in Afghanistan is not over either.”