Back in 2007, Joe Biden voiced concerns regarding what would happen if a vast cache of American weaponry fell into uncertain hands. Biden remarked, “If you leave those billions of dollars of weapons behind, I promise they’re going to be used against your grandchild and mine some day.”
“If you leave those billions of dollars of weapons behind I promise they're going to be used against your grandchild and mine some day" – Joe Biden— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 9, 2023
The only promise he ever kept in his entire life. pic.twitter.com/269VdzXT09
The U.S.’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan after a 20-year military engagement left behind a vast arsenal of advanced weapons, armored vehicles, aircraft, and other equipment. Reports have emerged showing these military assets being flaunted by Taliban fighters and other extremist factions in the region, prompting concerns over the strategic advantage they might provide to potential adversaries especially now that things are heating up in the Middle East.
Security analysts have long voiced concerns about the implications of such equipment falling into the wrong hands.
There’s the very real risk that these weapons could be used in regional conflicts, or even potentially find their way to other hostile actors around the world to be used against Americans worldwide.
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