Ian Patrick, FISM News
In a press conference given on Thursday, President Joe Biden doubled down on his decision to pull the remaining U.S. military forces out of Afghanistan. He also announced that he is moving up the deadline for this decision from September 11 of this year to August 31, and that 650 troops will stay behind to provide security for the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
His reason for this decision is that America had completed its job in Afghanistan, which he said was to “get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, and deliver justice to Osama Bin Laden, and to degrade the terrorist threat to keep Afghanistan from becoming a base in which attacks could be continued against the United States.” He said it is the “right and responsibility” of the Afghan people to run their country and that they need to work together in building the nation they want to create.
He said that the U.S. military is “confident” in the Afghan government’s ability to repel the Taliban and other threats, due to the amount of training and resources provided from U.S. forces.
Biden also said he did not see the point in sending more Americans to Afghanistan.
I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome. The United States cannot afford to remain tethered to policies created in response to a world as it was twenty years ago. We need to meet the threats where they are today.
Biden further stated that they are “repositioning their resources” to combat where the terrorist threats are today, which he says are not in Afghanistan.
He further pushed the treaty talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which have been going on for months with no definite conclusions as of yet. In that time, the Taliban has been encroaching and taking territory from the Afghan government. U.S. military leaders had shared concerns about completely leaving Afghanistan and the resurgence of the Taliban became a worry for the United Nations Security Council.
Yet, when asked if the Taliban will take over Afghanistan or if the Afghan government will collapse, Biden did not budge. He reiterated his belief that the Afghan government is well equipped. It was also recently reported that the Taliban may bring a peace proposal to the Afghan government by next month, but this has not been confirmed outside of a Taliban spokesperson.