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12 Sep, 5 tweets, 2 min read
The Biden administration's "over-the-horizon" strategy in Afghanistan is drawing serious questions from lawmakers and counterterrorism experts, as the U.S. withdrawal shifts calculations about threats and capabilities.…
The so-called over-the-horizon capabilities Biden has repeatedly touted make identifying and striking terrorists with aerial surveillance and drones launched from outside the country the linchpin of the U.S.’ post-withdrawal counterterrorism strategy.…
However, critics say that Biden and his team haven't provide sufficiently detailed plans or explanations about their strategy to lawmakers conducting oversight.…
Sen. Marco Rubio:

“We have not heard anything from President Biden's team that resembles a real plan because over-the-horizon is rhetoric, not strategy.”…
It’s not just GOP lawmakers who are skeptical.

Counterterrorism expert Seth Jones said it's "absolutely unrealistic" to think an over-the-horizon strategy could be sufficient for anything more than "pinprick strikes."…

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