It would be funny if it weren’t so serious:
Russia, which is helping Iran develop its nuclear capabilities, which is supporting the murderous Bashar al Assad in Syria, and which suffered its most ignominious and embarrassing military defeat in Afghanistan, is criticizing NATO for pulling troops out of Afghanistan.
Perhaps Russia thinks that after a decade of fighting, America hasn’t yet failed quite as badly as the Russians did (even though we’ve now been there longer than they have). Perhaps they want to see our military embroiled and distracted and spending money for years longer so that we don’t have the resources to deal with the truly dangerous regimes Vladimir Putin is supporting.
Putin is an unreformed KGB Cold Warrior. As long as he remains in power, Russia should be considered an enemy of the US.
Russia is offering the use of Russian territory to set up a logistics base so the US can more easily transport materiel into the Afghan theater. They may actually want to help, not wanting Afghanistan — which borders three mostly-Muslim former Soviet Socialist Republics — to return to being a training ground for terrorists who might inspire Islamic radicals in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
But the hypocrisy/irony of their boosting two of the world’s worst regimes, in the same general region, should be lost on nobody.
Here’s my answer: Tell the Russians that if they care so much about keeping the Afghans in line, they can go do it themselves. Putin and Karzai and the Taliban deserve each other.
In the meantime, I remain comfortable with getting our troops out and letting Afghan warlords know that if any harm befalls Americans anywhere which can be traced back to a region under the warlords’ control, the retribution will be biblical in scale.