A recent poll shows that Americans are concerned about the situation in Afghanistan, and most believe the United States is less safe from terrorist threats today than it was before the 9/11 attack.
This survey of 1,000 people conducted Aug. 22-23 by Rasmussen shows the fear generated among the American people by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Fifty-one percent of respondents think the United States is no safer today than before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, 41% more than two years ago.
In turn, 34% think the United States is safer, down 7% from 41% in 2019, and 14% are unsure of what they believe.
Regarding whether the war on terror is being won by the U.S. and its allies or is being won by terrorists, the same trend can be seen.
Forty-one percent believe that the war on terrorism is being won by the terrorists themselves, versus 32% who believe that the United States and its allies are winning it.
On the other hand, 19% think none are winning it, and 9% are unsure.
This trend shown in the survey is not unreasonable, as we can think of two reasons: Firstly, the Afghanistan takeover by the Taliban and all the media repercussions. The second is Biden’s promise to close the Guantanamo prison in Cuba, created after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
The recent rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, due to President Biden’s controversial vision for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, could mean that the former Guantanamo prisoners will return to their old ways of killing and terrorizing.
According to The New York Post, President Joe Biden’s intelligence agencies had tried to warn him of the dangers of continuing to release terror suspects from the Guantanamo prison. But, instead, they said that one in three of them would likely return to their old route of taking the lives of others.
“Based on trends identified during the past 17 years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred,” a recent U.S. intelligence report revealed, according to the media outlet.
The declassified Office of National Intelligence report, dated Dec. 2020, revealed that 229 of the 729 inmates released from Guantanamo had returned to terrorist operations, including carrying out and planning attacks, as well as recruiting and funding terrorists.
That amounted to a 31% recidivism rate, noted the media, which indicated that the percentage would be substantially higher if U.S. intelligence included comments or propaganda against the United States in its definition of “terrorist activities.”
At least 12 of the released Guantanamo detainees had organized attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, killing about a half-dozen U.S. military personnel and civilians.
The New York Post said counterterrorism experts expected more former Guantanamo inmates to join the Taliban and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan now that the insurgent group is in control of the country.