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Joe Biden defends the management of the withdrawal from Afghanistan
The Taliban have now captured Afghanistan, the Afghan president has fled, and civilians are being murdered by insurgents. As gruesome images emerge from the country depicting the cruelty of the Taliban, the public is demanding answers from the US administration as to how things could have gone so wrong.
Joe Biden has tirelessly defended his decision to withdraw his troops and said: “After 20 years, I have learned the hard way that there is never a good time to withdraw US forces.
He believes “it is wrong to order US troops to strengthen when the Afghan armed forces itself would not.”
The president’s comments sent shockwaves through the international community, and British politicians were dismayed that he appeared to blame the Afghan troops for “not having fought enough”.
Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the select committee on foreign affairs, said he was “extremely angry” at Mr Biden’s criticism of Afghan soldiers, calling the troops “incredibly courageous” and saying that United States withdrew “like a thief in the night” without a proper transfer. .
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Biden’s approach to the crisis was a “catastrophic error in judgment”.
Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said Mr Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been “frozen by events” and were “negligent” and “unprepared”.
Would Kamala Harris have made the same decision to withdraw her troops if she was president?
The UK and US administrations have admitted that the Taliban siege came much faster than the West expected or prepared for.
President Biden has said he wants to be ‘direct’ with the American people on a national broadcast and explained, “The truth is, it happened faster than we expected.
“So what happened?”
“Afghan political leaders gave up and fled the country.
“The Afghan army collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.
“US troops cannot and should not fight in a war, and die in a war, which Afghan forces are unwilling to fight for themselves.
“We have spent over a trillion dollars. We have trained and equipped an Afghan military force of about 300,000 men.
“We gave them all the tools they could need. We paid their salaries, maintained their air force.
“We gave them every chance to determine their own future, what we couldn’t provide was the will to fight for that future.”
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Vice President Kamala Harris was widely criticized by the US media for remaining silent on the Afghan crisis until she spoke on Monday August 23 at a press conference.
When asked what she thinks went wrong during the military withdrawal, she said: “There will be plenty of time to analyze what happened… but for now we are focusing. particularly on the evacuation of American citizens, Afghans who worked with us and Afghans. vulnerable, including women and children.
“We cannot in any way be distracted from what must be our main mission at this time which is to evacuate people from this region who deserve to be evacuated.”
She told CNN, shortly after Mr Biden ordered the troops to continue their withdrawal in April, that she was the last in the room before he made his final decision and that she felt out of place. comfortable with the plan.
“The decision is still up to him,” she said, “but I’ve seen him time and time again make decisions based on exactly what he thinks is right.”
As a vice president who has become known for her loyalty, do you think the Afghan crisis would have been better handled in the hands of Ms. Harris? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
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In February 2020, the Trump administration struck a deal with the Taliban that the United States would withdraw all its forces and release 5,000 Taliban prisoners, and in return, the Taliban promised to sever ties with al-Qaeda and to end their attacks on US forces.
When Mr. Biden came to power at the end of January 2021, Mr. Trump had already withdrawn the majority of American troops from Afghanistan, the troops having fallen from 15,500 to 2,500.
The deal Mr Trump had accepted meant Mr Biden had until May 1 to withdraw all of his troops, which he has now managed to push back to September 1.
Mr Biden explained that he had a choice between continuing with the agreed plan or returning thousands of US troops to Afghanistan to escalate violence with a Taliban army that has been at its peak since 2001.
The Biden administration decided it was no longer in the best interests of the United States to continue the war, which ultimately led to their retirement.
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Taliban fighters lay down their weapons as they prepare for Friday prayers
The President said: “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear objectives, to catch those who attacked us on September 11, 2001 and to ensure that Al Qaeda cannot use Afghanistan as base from which to attack us again. We did it.
“We never gave up on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and we did have it. That was ten years ago.
“Our mission in Afghanistan was never meant to be about nation building.
“It was never meant to create a unified, centralized democracy.
“Our only vital national interest in Afghanistan today remains what it always has been, to prevent a terrorist attack on the American homeland.”
Women and children were among those attacked by Taliban fighters outside Kabul airport
He added a stern warning to international enemies that the US military would focus on defending its modern day enemies.
He added: “Our real strategic competitors, China and Russia, would love nothing more if the United States continues to devote billions of dollars in resources and attention to stabilizing Afghanistan indefinitely.
“I will not repeat the mistakes we have made in the past – the mistake of staying and fighting indefinitely in a conflict that is not in the national interest of the United States, of doubling a civil war in a country foreigner, to attempt to remake a country through the endless military deployments of American forces.
“These are the mistakes we cannot keep repeating because we have important vital interests in the world that we cannot afford to ignore.”
President Biden delivers remarks on the evacuation of Afghanistan on August 20
Social commentators argued that Mr Biden’s speech showed that America’s priorities had changed and were now firmly entrenched in standing up for their own citizens at home.
The president expressed the intention that the US military should no longer be a “force for good” to be used in conflicts and humanitarian crises in less powerful countries.
Senior Conservative and former Theresa May chief of staff Gavin Barwell said it was’ time to wake up and smell the coffee ‘that Democrats and Republicans no longer believe’ the United States should be the policeman of the world “.
He added: “The lesson for Europeans is clear. Whoever the president is, the United States is unlikely to offer the same support as before in parts of the world where its vital interests are not involved.
“The Europeans are going to have to develop the capacity to intervene without the support of the United States.
“It won’t be cheap, and the EU and Britain are going to have to figure out how to cooperate on this because we face the same threats.”
UK and US prioritize evacuation of women and children
Simon Clarke said Mr. Biden’s comments on Afghanistan were “grotesque” and “a total rejection of the America so many of us have admired so deeply all of our lives.”
He added that the United States under Mr. Biden will no longer be “the champion of freedom and democracy and the guardian of what is good in the world.”
Do you think Kamala Harris would do a better job than Biden as president?
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