United States Withdrawal from Afghanistan

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C.  (Washington Insider Magazine) –  On Thursday, President Joe Biden proclaimed a  forceful defense for his decision to withdraw our American troops from Afghanistan. Biden also denied that “it was inevitable that the Taliban would eventually topple the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.”

There was a question-and-answer session with reporters on Thursday. In a brief address from Biden, he expressed the fact that he had faith in the Afghan leaders to lead their own country. In addition, Biden claimed that he was glad that America’s longest war was over. It would end on August 31.

Biden said, “The Afghan government and leadership has to come together. They clearly have the capacity to sustain the government in place. The question is, will they generate the kind of cohesion to do it?”

Biden continued, “It’s not a question of whether they have the capacity. They have the capacity. They have the forces. They have the equipment. The question is, will they do it?”

The United States military commanders have all but declared that the Afghan government will not succeed in the face of the Taliban attacks. Biden outwardly has rejected this idea.

Biden responded to the statement, “It is not inevitable. The likelihood that there’s going to be a Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”

General Austin Miller, the commander of the U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, said in a recent news conference that “civil war in the country is certainly a path that can be visualized if it continues on the trajectory it is on…that should be a concern for the world.”

The statement that Kabul’s government could be overthrown in six months after our withdrawal was also denied by President Biden.

Biden reinforced his previous statements by saying that regardless of the conflict’s outcome after the end of next month, “U.S. Forces will not be on the ground to see a resolution as our military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on August 31.”

Until Thursday, it was thought that the United States’ presence in Afghanistan would be September 11, the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


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