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‘US didn't want to face the truth that it's no longer the global hegemon,' Russian spy chief tells RT after Afghanistan debacle

Added 09-26-21 02:37:04am EST - “The US failed in Afghanistan because it miscalculated its own abilities and wanted to install its social model in a foreign land, the head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, has told RT.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘US didn’t want to face the truth that it’s no longer the global hegemon,’ Russian spy chief tells RT after Afghanistan debacle”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“What happened in Afghanistan with the rushed withdrawal and fleeing of the puppet government is a consequence of America’s destructive policies, as it tried to impose its social development model on Afghanistan,” Naryshkin said.

The spy chief said the blame for how the situation unfolded should be shared by the whole US intelligence community, including the CIA, as well as the State Department and the White House’s office of the national security advisor. 

I am also convinced that the US leadership had all the intelligence about the situation on the ground and potential developments. They didn’t take into account one thing – their own capabilities. They didn’t want to face the truth, if you will. And the truth is that the US is no longer capable of playing the role of the global hegemon, which it had assigned itself.

The US led the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 shortly after then-president George W. Bush declared a global campaign against Islamic terrorism in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks on American soil. At the time, the international community predominantly assumed that US troops would have the situation under control, Naryshkin said. 

“The US and NATO military presence has been viewed as a solid barrier for the terrorist threat that didn’t allow it to spread further to Eurasia. Unfortunately, it wasn’t true,” the head of the SVR noted. 

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