Rep. Nunes to Newsmax: China to Find Hard Slog in Afghanistan Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
By Brian Trusdell | Friday, 03 September 2021 05:48 PM
GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes told Newsmax on Friday that he thinks China will find it difficult to make Afghanistan into a strategic ally — and even predicted civil war could erupt, now that the United States has ended its 20-year presence in the country.
"Afghanistan has a long history,'' Nunes said on "Eric Bolling: The Balance.'' I've been there several times. It's very rugged terrain, very difficult. And I also think it's going to be very difficult for the Chinese. I actually don't think the Chinese are going to do much there because they're going to find it almost impossible.
"I think it's highly likely there'll be a civil war there.''
Referring to an Afghani past that has included military conquests as far back as Alexander the Great and more recently the Soviet Union's failed campaign in the country from 1979-1989 and the United States’ unsuccessful effort to establish a stable democratic government, Nunes suggested the region is ungovernable.
He opined that a strategic goal of using Afghanistan as a conduit for Iran’s oil on the west of the country to China on the east will prove difficult at best.
"Well, look, it's something that you know the Chinese are very good planners, and they have shown they've built large facilities: large hydropower projects, large rail systems, large, large highways,'' said Nunes, 47, who has served in the House of Representatives from the area around Fresno since 2003.
"When you have a command and control economy, and you print your own money, you can kind of do what you want when you control the levers of power. You can remove entire villages. They won't have that capability when they get into Afghanistan,'' added Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
"I think, you know that area that they have to go through. It's really ungoverned, with several tribes all through there. The Chinese want to try to do it. The Iranians would like to do it.''
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