Angelina Jolie Is ‘Ashamed’ Of US Over Afghanistan Withdrawal

Aug 24, 2021: Hollywood powerhouse, actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has expressed anger over the decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, which has led the Afghan government to confront the Taliban.

The actress and activist condemned the United States for its ” betrayal and a failure” amid the country’s turbulence as the militant group Taliban regained control.

“Whatever your thoughts on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it shouldn’t have ended that way,” Jolie wrote in a Time magazine Op-Ed.

Angelina Jolie added: “Giving up the idea of a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban, appearing to cut and run, and abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable, after so many years of effort and sacrifice, is a betrayal and failure impossible to fully understand.”

Angelina Jolie, who has completed humanitarian work as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, says she is “ashamed” of her country’s manner of departure and feels the US has been “diminished” by the events in Afghanistan.

“After all the bloodshed and effort and sacrifice and time, America seems to have lacked the will to plan this transition in a managed way. It was never going to be easy or perfect but could have been better, more decent and safer.”

Angelina Jolie says, “As an American I am ashamed by the manner of our leaving. It diminishes us,” adding “We have lost leverage to influence what now happens in Afghanistan.”

Angelina Jolie added that the withdrawal from Afghanistan has created “a new refugee crisis, on top of record global displacement, with nearly a quarter of a million Afghans displaced within the country since May, 80 per cent of them women and girls.”

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