KABUL – Amidst a chorus of rising global concerns, Nikki Haley, the GOP presidential candidate, has highlighted the escalating threats stemming from President Joe Biden’s controversial Afghanistan withdrawal. Speaking at the Iowa State Fair, Haley emphasized the perilous consequences of a perceived lack of strength in presidential leadership following Taliban’s takeover.
Haley underscored an array of pressing international issues, stating, “The world faces a multitude of challenges—Russia’s assertive actions in Ukraine, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, North Korea’s missile tests, and China’s expanding influence.” However, she firmly asserted, “It is imperative to recognize that none of these crises would have reached their current magnitude had the Afghanistan debacle been averted.”
Her speech transitioned to the US fentanyl crisis, with Haley implicating China’s role in exacerbating the issue. “The influx of fentanyl from China has contributed to a dire crisis, culminating in a staggering number of deaths among Americans,” she asserted. Noting fentanyl as the leading cause of death for adults aged 18 to 49, Haley drew a clear connection between China’s actions and their impact on U.S. society.
Haley also raised concerns about China’s multifaceted influence within the United States, particularly in academic and technological spheres. She condemned China’s alleged espionage and intellectual property theft, urging comprehensive action to safeguard national interests.