Joe Biden, the President of the United States, supports the chaotic withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan as he faces scornful criticism over the Taliban’s swift beating of the war-scarred country. Biden said that there was never a better time to pull out American forces despite the disorderly withdrawal. On Sunday, the Taliban forces declared their victory after they took over the Afghan capital Kabul after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and fled to Tajikistan after the collapse of his government.
The return of the Taliban to rule in the country brings an end to approximately twenty years of the United States-led alliance’s presence in the country. Furthermore, Kabul was the last central city in Afghanistan to fall to a Taliban aggression that started months a few months ago but speedup in recent days as they took control of many provisional capitals. Furthermore, the Taliban gains shocked many observers, especially Biden, as he expressed so.
On Monday, the U.S. president returned to the White House from the Camp David presidential departure to make his first public comments on the recent updates in Afghanistan in approximately a week. Biden said that if anything, the developments of the last week reinforce that ending the United States forces’ involvement in the country now was the right decision. U.S. soldiers can’t and shouldn’t be fighting and dying in a war that the Afghan troops are unwilling to fight for themselves.
American troops cannot — and should not — be fighting and dying in a war that Afghan forces are by and large not willing to fight and die in themselves.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 16, 2021
Joe Biden is facing Criticism over the Chaos in Kabul
The U.S. president is facing too much political criticism from Republicans over the chaos in Kabul because of his April decision to order all American forces to leave Afghanistan by 11th September – the twentieth anniversary of the terror attacks that prompted the American invasion. Republican Minority Leader at Senate, Mitch McConnell, tweeted that they see a total disaster in Afghanistan. The departure of the Biden government from Afghanistan will leave a stain on the reputation of the U.S.
Biden tweeted that he would rather take all the criticism than pass the responsibility to another president. His decision is the right one for Americans, brave soldiers, and other service members who risk their lives to serve the country.
I know my decision on Afghanistan will be criticized. But I would rather take all that criticism than pass this responsibility on to yet another president.
It’s the right one for our people, for the brave servicemembers who risk their lives serving our nation, and for America.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 16, 2021
George W Bush, the former United States President, who approved the military involvement of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said that he was watching the disastrous recitation in Afghanistan with deep sadness. Bush said that the Afghan people now at extreme risk are those who are at the forefront of progress inside the country. Additionally, he stressed that the United States had the official authority to welcome refugees during the crucial humanitarian crises.
Biden Vowed not to Transfer America’s Longest War to the Fifth President
In a speech, President Biden said the American mission in Afghanistan was never assumed to be nation-building. He further said that when he was vice-president during the rule of former President Barack Obama, he opposed the government’s decision of the 2009 deployment of several more American troops into Afghanistan. The president noted that he inherited an agreement negotiated with the Taliban leaders under former U.S. President Donald Trump for America to withdraw from Afghanistan by May of 2021.
During a speech this month, Biden said he was now the 4th American president to head over the longest war of American, and he decided not to pass the responsibility to the 5th president. He also said that he would not deceive the American nationals by claiming that just slightly more time in Afghanistan will make all the difference. After assuming the president’s office in January, the president campaigned as a veteran expert in foreign policy and stated that America is back.
In July, Biden assured reporters that it was highly questionable the Taliban forces would overrun whole Afghanistan. However, on Monday, he accepted that this did reveal more swiftly than they projected. According to the opinion polls, most Americans support the United States exiting Afghanistan. On the other hand, the president is facing huge criticism over the way of withdrawal; after he pullout, U.S. soldiers then sent thousands back in to help the evacuation and ensure the safe evacuation of Americans and allies.
Causalities at the Messy Kabul Airport
Some images circulated on social media websites showing United States helicopters circling the American embassy in Kabul on Sunday. According to many users, the pictures reminded the humiliating departure of the U.S. from Saigon, Vietnam, in 1975 when Biden was a junior senator. Earlier on Monday, the United States paused its withdrawal from Kabul after scenes of panic at the Kabul airport turned deadly. Thousands of Afghan civilians worried about fleeing the country after the Taliban captured the capital.
An American military official told CBS News that U.S. troops killed two-armed Afghan civilians who were part of a huge crowd that breached the airport perimeter. Overall, seven people reportedly died in the thronged situation at the airport. Whereas some of those who allegedly died fell badly from a U.S. military transport plane as it taxied for takeoff from the single runway.
Earlier on Monday, Jake Sullivan, the United States National Security Adviser, told NBC News that Afghanistan fell because the Afghans lacked the will to defend themselves and their country from the Taliban.
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