US created Taliban to defeat the Soviet Union, Hillary Clinton said in 2009
During a US congressional testimony in 2009, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that America created and funded militant groups in Afghanistan like the Taliban in the 1980s to fight against the invading Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Clinton’s acknowledgement was made during an appearance before the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee in April 2009.
“Let's remember here... the people we are fighting today we
funded them twenty years ago... and we did it because we were locked in a
struggle with the Soviet Union,” Clinton said at the time.
She said that in the 1980s, then US President Ronald Reagan worked with countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to create the militant groups in Afghanistan, which was invaded by the Soviets from 1979 to 1989.
“They invaded Afghanistan... and we did not want to see them control Central Asia and we went to work... and it was President Reagan in partnership with Congress led by Democrats who said, you know what, it sounds like a pretty good idea,” she said.
“And great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam so that we can go beat the Soviet Union,” she said.
Clinton was referring to Wahhabism, the deviant ideology dominating Saudi Arabia and freely preached by Saudi clerics and inspiring terrorists worldwide. Daesh (SIL), Taliban, al-Qaeda and other Takfiri terror groups use the ideology to declare people of other faiths as “infidels” and kill them.
“And guess what ... they (Soviets) retreated ... they lost billions of dollars and it led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. So there is a very strong argument which is... it wasn't a bad investment in terms of Soviet Union but let's be careful with what we sow... because we will harvest.”
The US invaded Afghanistan for two decades, beginning in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks, with the goal of removing terror groups like the Taliban.
US President Joe Biden announced on July 8 that America's military campaign in Afghanistan will end on August 31. The White House said Biden made the decision after concluding it's an "unwinnable war" and one that "does not have a military solution."
The Afghan Taliban militant group recently intensified offensives and rapidly overran major cities. The militants laid siege to the capital, Kabul, on Sunday, forcing the sitting Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to flee the country. The developments happened as US-led forces almost entirely withdrew from the country.
British diplomats compared the US and NATO retreat from Afghanistan and the lightning takeover of Taliban to the scale of the West's humiliation following America's defeat in the Vietnam War.
The UK diplomats also compared the withdrawal of US and Western forces from Afghanistan to the 1956 Suez Crisis, a strategic blunder which confirmed the loss of Britain's imperial power.
The former Soviet Union’s own 10-year military invasion of Afghanistan began in December 1979. The invasion was aimed at backing the unpopular, Soviet-installed regime of the ruling People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, which tried to enforce communist rule in the Muslim country.
The campaign largely became part of a Cold War-era proxy war as Soviet’s arch-rival, the United States, began sending arms and assistance to local and foreign militants in their bid to defeat what was widely regarded at the time as the communist invasion of Afghanistan.
The Soviet mission eventually ended in October 1989, with the government managing to stay in power for an additional three years after the Russian troops left.