Press "Enter" to skip to content

Opinion: Former CIA counterterrorism official: How the US set itself up for failure in Afghanistan

The Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is being widely characterized as a fiasco. One of the oldest tricks in the Washington, DC, playbook is to dress up a policy debacle as an intelligence failure, and we are hearing plenty of that from senior officials in the Biden administration. On this and other questions, it’s worth hearing the views of Douglas London, who oversaw operations and intelligence in Afghanistan as the CIA’s chief for counterterrorism in south and southwest Asia from 2016 to 2018. London, who served in the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Africa during his 34-year career in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, retired in 2019.

The Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is being widely characterized as a fiasco. One of the oldest tricks in the Washington, DC, playbook is to dress up a policy debacle as an intelligence failure, and we are hearing plenty of that from senior officials in the Biden administration. On this and other questions, it’s worth hearing the views of Douglas London, who oversaw operations and intelligence in Afghanistan as the CIA’s chief for counterterrorism in south and southwest Asia from 2016 to 2018. London, who served in the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Africa during his 34-year career in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, retired in 2019.

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *