“While the Taliban’s dramatic takeover of Afghanistan was met with little resistance, clear signs of defiance were appearing on Thursday.
In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, the son of Afghanistan’s most famed anti-Taliban fighter claimed to have the forces to mount an effective resistance, but he called on the United States to supply arms and ammunition to his militia.
“I write from the Panjshir Valley today, ready to follow in my father’s footsteps, with mujahideen fighters who are prepared to once again take on the Taliban,” Ahmad Massoud said, adding that “America can still be a great arsenal of democracy” by supporting his fighters.”
“Saleh and Massoud were prepared for the coming fight. On Tuesday, after President Ashraf Ghani fled abroad, Saleh made it clear that he was staying in Afghanistan, and he declared himself the “legitimate caretaker president” of the country.
When he was still part of the serving government in May, Saleh told CBS News’ Charlie D’Agata that the U.S. was wrong to have entered into negotiations with the Taliban in the first place, saying the group could not be trusted. He indicated then that if the militants were “waiting for a moment of surrender from the Afghan people, it won’t come.”
Many of the country’s security forces did walk away from their posts without a fight in the face of the Taliban’s rapid return to power, but Saleh and Massoud appeared set to challenge the notion that the entire country would fold as easily.
Massoud and his followers have been preparing for a possible all-out civil war for months, even as they hoped the situation wouldn’t get that bad.” cbs news
Comment: Will Joe Biden and his cultural Marxist crew let these guys be destroyed before they really get going or will he approve a covert operation finding to provide a modicum of support; a few falsely labelled STOL cargo aircraft, half a dozen ODAs disguised as civilians from some veterans group and these fellows could be kept in the game to make it impossible for the jihadis to govern in peace and misery for all.
Will Biden do that? I doubt it. He is too much in love with his own greatness and cleverness in embracing his Taliban ally. pl