The former Prime Minister, Theresa May warned MPs in the House of Commons today that “Afghanistan will once again become a breeding ground for the terrorists who seek to destroy our way of life.”
May blasted Boris Johnson and the US President as they did not believe that the “Taliban was ready or able to take over control of the country.”
She said it is “shocking” at the chaos and the speed in which the Taliban took over the whole of the country.
May further blasted Johnson as she suggested that he hoped “on a wing and a prayer it’d be all right on the night” in Afghanistan, and in a grim warning she said the UK now faces an increased terrorist threat.
The former Prime Minister hit out at the former US President Donald Trump over his decision in doing a “deal” with the Taliban.
Addressing the House May said, “Of course the Nato presence was always going to end at some point in time.
“But the withdrawal when it came was due to be orderly, planned and on the basis of conditions. It has been none of these.
“What has been most shocking has been the chaos and speed of the takeover by the Taliban.
“In July this year, both President Biden and the Prime Minister indicated that they did not think the Taliban was ready or able to take over control of the country.
“Was our intelligence really so poor?
“Was our understanding of the Afghan government so weak?
“Was our knowledge of the position on the ground so inadequate?
“Or did we really believe this?
“Or did we feel we just had to follow the United States and hope that on a wing and a prayer it’d be all right on the night?
“Because the reality is that as long as this time limit was given and dates given for withdrawal, all the Taliban had to do was to ensure there were sufficient problems for the Afghan government not to be able to have full control of the country and then just sit and wait.”
May added that the US President Biden “upheld” Trump’s decision and noted, “It was a unilateral decision of President Trump to do a deal with the Taliban that has led to this withdrawal.
“What we’ve seen from the scenes in Afghanistan is that it hasn’t been all right on the night, so I say that there are many in Afghanistan who fear not just that their lives will be irrevocably changed for the worse, but who fear for their lives.”
May then spoke of the security risk facing the UK as the Taliban released thousands of terrorists from Al Qeada and ISIS fighters, and warned Afghanistan will be a breeding ground for terrorists.
May said MPs must be “deeply concerned” over the possible impact to Britain.
She added, “The Taliban of course have said that they will not allow Afghanistan to become a haven for terrorists again… their actions must be what we look at, not their words, and their action has… been to release thousands of high-value Taliban, al Qaida and Daesh fighters.
“So their action is completely different from their words and I think it is absolutely essential for us to recognise the probability that Afghanistan will once again become a breeding ground for the terrorists who seek to destroy our way of life.”