Chaos, collapse in Afghanistan preventable, McMaster says

Aug 26, 2021, 5:27 PM
Afghanistan chaos...
National security adviser H.R. McMaster listens during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SALT LAKE CITY — By insisting on withdrawing on deadline at all costs, the chaos and collapse in Afghanistan is a self-inflicted crisis of the Biden administration’s making, said HR McMaster, who was President Donald Trump’s national security adviser between 2017 and 2018.

Related: Several US Marines killed in Kabul airport explosion

He joined Inside Sources host Boyd Matheson to discuss the rapidly disintegrating situation.

It’s now a US evacuation mission

McMaster said what’s unfolding in Afghanistan now is what happens when the United States surrenders to the Taliban — a terror organization — after 20 years of war, leaving the US without much control over the situation.

“We’ve already made it clear that we’re just going to adhere to a timeline, and we don’t care how many people we actually leave behind,” he said.

The only other alternative is to ask President Joe Biden to consider an objective other than surrender and withdrawal, which the US has the power to do; the United States is not Ecuador, he said.

“We have resources. We have a military that can impose our will in parts of the country if we need to  get [more] people out,” he said. 

Self-delusions of war

McMaster said the “surrender agreement” that the Trump administration entered into in February 2020 was based on the assumption that the Taliban would share power with the Afghan government.

“That’s crazy,” he said, adding the Biden administration is operating under the assumption that there are no consequences to losing a war.

“What we’re seeing is just the beginning of those consequences. It is the beginning of humanitarian catastrophe of colossal scale.”

McMaster predicted a destabilization in the region as jihadists benefit from the US withdrawal. 

He added the US will pay a price in security for abandoning Afghanistan, which served as a a modern-day frontier between barbarism and civilization.

A predictable collapse

The United States set up the collapse of the Afghan government by not insisting on a ceasefire, granting the release of 5,000 criminals and sticking to the hard exit deadline, he said.

With those guarantees, the Taliban then threatened Afghan district chiefs and provincial governors.

“Either accommodate us or we’re going to kill your family. We threw the Afghans under the bus on our way out.”

 The majority of Afghans don’t want to live under Taliban rule, so Americans should support them in their efforts to put the country back together, back opposition groups and welcome those fleeing the turmoil, McMaster said.

“We should welcome them into our neighborhoods and into our communities because they’ll strengthen us much like I think those who fled other disasters have become some of our greatest and most productive and patriotic citizens.”

McMaster closed by saying if the Biden administration makes a move to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan, there should be “a loud, angry outcry from all Americans.”

Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson can be heard weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app. 

Today’s Top Stories

Inside Sources

first freedoms first...
Boyd Matheson

First freedoms: The interconnectedness of First Amendment rights

If all Americans do not put the first freedoms first KSL NewsRadio host Boyd Matheson says we will not have a sustainable, lasting republic.  
19 hours ago
Bears Ears National Monument sign with the five Tribes' insignias on it....
Curt Gresseth

Along with Utah, outdoors group sues over Biden restoring boundaries of Bears Ears

An outdoors and public-lands access group is joining the state of Utah is suing the Biden Administration over restoring the boundaries of the Bear Ears National Monument, arguing the move harms local farmers, miners and members of the Native American community.
1 month ago
On Wednesday, President Biden announced forgiveness of some student loan debt.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci,...
Curt Gresseth

Taxpayer advocate says president alone should not have power to cancel student loan debt

A taxpayer advocate said Mr. Biden's forgiveness of student loan debt is a result of Congress abdicating its power to the executive branch because of politics.
1 month ago
FILE: Head Coach Ray Scott of the Detroit Pistons  watches his team from the bench circa 1972 durin...
Waverly Golden

NBA Coach Ray Scott on building community, leading a team, and breaking barriers

Learning about the deep-rooted segregation in the United States inspired Ray Scott to bring awareness to the issue both in terms of the NBA and society. 
2 months ago
Rep. Stewart at the Security Summit...
Samantha Herrera

Stewart Security Summit takes a look at the US’s place in the world

Ahead of the Stewart Security Summit on August 5 in Salt Lake City, Rep. Chris Stewart joins Inside Sources to discuss the event.
2 months ago
A customer pumps gas at an Exxon gas station, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Miami. U.S consumers have s...
Curt Gresseth

UVU commencement speaker tells her story of rising from high school dropout to bank president

Mary Daly shares her story of rising from high school dropout through the nudging encouragement of her mentor to become president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Chaos, collapse in Afghanistan preventable, McMaster says