While President Joe Biden still has a long list of questions that need to be answered concerning his botched U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Vice President Kamala Harris is under the gun, too, but especially on a particularly important subject.
According to Sky News Australia, one of former President Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers, Kellyanne Conway, took issue not only with Harris’ bizarre absence over the past week but also demanded to know if Harris is willing to take a stand to help the women and young girls of Afghanistan who will likely soon return to living under Sharia law, under the Taliban’s new government.
While Afghanistan is a country that many believe we should have left alone in the first place, U.S. and allied troops managed to keep the Taliban at bay for nearly two decades, allowing women and girls in the country to go to school, learn trades and participate in society.
But with the Taliban returning to power, those fairly new freedoms could soon go by the wayside, and Conway wants Harris, who proclaims to be a leader of women’s rights, to answer for the administration’s failures.
“Would love to hear from the ‘First Woman Vice President’ on how her reckless, naive actions will cause most harm to Afghan women…and from the rest of the ‘pro-women’ ‘feminists,'” Conway tweeted on Monday.
Harris, who earlier this year bragged about being the last voice in the room as Biden formalized his plans to withdraw the remaining U.S. troops from the war-ravaged country of Afghanistan, has been eerily absent from the limelight since last week.
Many young women in Afghanistan who were born after U.S. troops first arrived in 2001 aren’t familiar with the idea of not being able to freely attend a school or learn things that their mothers and grandmothers were forbidden from learning.
Sadly, they will likely soon be thrust into that old world for the first time, as the Taliban aren’t exactly known for championing women’s rights.
It’ll be interesting to see if Harris, and leaders of the women’s rights movement in the Western world, will step up to help these young Afghan women when they need it the most.