“I think this is a mistake because the consequences will be incredibly bad and I am sad,” Bosch said.
The former president and author of the decision to intervene in Afghanistan 20 years ago said he was particularly concerned about the fate of women in light of the Taliban’s military advance and the possible collapse of the Afghan government. He also drew attention to the unknown fate of Afghan translators who assisted US forces.
– I think of all those translators and people who helped not only the American forces, but also the NATO forces, and it seems that they will be left alone, left to be slaughtered by these very savage people. Bush said it breaks my heart.
As promised by President Biden, Afghan translators – estimated to number in the several thousand – will be given a chance to immigrate to the United States, but the lengthy process of issuing them special visas raises doubts about whether they will be able to do so before the end of the US mission on August 31. The solution is to evacuate translators to Central Asian countries while waiting for a visa.
In an interview on Wednesday with a German media outlet, Bush made a positive assessment of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will visit Washington on Thursday as part of her latest visit as prime minister.
Merkel made many very difficult decisions and did them for the good of Germany and on the basis of principles. She’s a sympathetic leader and a woman who isn’t afraid to be a leader, Bush said.