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Bolton’s Doomsday Taliban Warning Shows the Victory of ‘America First’ Agenda

John Bolton, former President Donald Trump’s hawkish former national security adviser turned adversary, warned over the weekend that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has made the Taliban a potential nuclear threat.

SO WHAT

Advocates of American interventionism have been reduced to Cassandras in post-Trump Washington, D.C.

WHAT HAPPENED

“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.

“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

Bolton told CNN last month that Biden and Trump basically had the same Afghanistan policy, even though the two rivals have blamed each other for the chaotic withdrawal.
  • “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.”

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