Yes, We Should Help Our Afghan Allies, But Closer To Their Home

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Posted: Sep 13, 2021 12:01 AM

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Anyone following the political and media discussion on Afghanistan right now could probably be forgiven if they came away with the impression that we have only two options: either callously abandon our Afghan allies to the Taliban, or resettle hundreds of thousands of Afghans – without being quite sure who they are, because proper vetting takes too long – to the United States. In reality, this is a false dichotomy that obscures a middle-of-the-road option, which was recently outlined by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), whereby most of the Afghan refugees would be hosted in neighboring nations, with the potential logistical and financial aid of the U.S. and its allies.

Many of the proponents of mass resettlement to the U.S. argue that America should bring in as many Afghans as possible because we are to blame for the country’s problems. While it is true that the Biden-Harris administration is responsible for its catastrophic handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan,

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