On Monday, President Joe Biden addressed the American people and the world on the situation in Afghanistan.
Biden stood by his decision to end the war and rejected criticism from allies and adversaries about the events of the weekend that left hundreds of Afghans desperately running after military planes and clinging to them, as they flew Americans to safety out of the country’s capital.
“The choice I had to make was either to follow through on the agreement to drawdown our forces,” Biden said, “or escalating the conflict and sending thousands more American troops back into combat and lurching into the third decade of conflict.”
He slammed former Afghanistan President for fleeing the country and for the Afghan troops not fighting for their country.
“Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country,” he said, accusing the military of laying down their arms after two decades of U.S. training and hundreds of billions of dollars in equipment and resources. “If anything, the developments of the past week reinforce that ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision.”
Biden said that he urged Afghan leaders to engage in real diplomacy, and that request was “flatly refused.”
Biden said, “I stand squarely behind my decision.”
He added, “I am now the fourth American president to preside over war in Afghanistan. Two Democrats and two Republicans. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth president…The buck stops with me.”
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