Biden dismisses criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal
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President Biden dismissed criticism of his withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying in an interview published on Sunday that “no one has found a way to tell me ‘how to withdraw’ without anyone getting hurt. ‘
During an interview with CBS News correspondent Rita Braver, Biden brought up Afghanistan, saying he had opposed the war from the start and was shifting responsibility for the disastrous pullout.
“Afghanistan. Well, I’ve been against this war in Afghanistan from the very beginning,” Biden said. “We are spending $ 300 million a week in Afghanistan over 20 years.”
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“Everyone is saying, ‘You could have gone out without anyone getting hurt,'” he continued. “No one has found a way to tell me how this is going.”
Biden’s claim to have opposed the war “from the start” echoes remarks he made in a 2019 interview with the New Hampshire Seacoast Media Group editorial board.
“I’m the guy who – as has been pointed out many times – who thought we shouldn’t go to Afghanistan,” he said at the time.
Biden, however, did not oppose the invasion of Afghanistan. Then a senator from Delaware, he joined his colleagues in a unanimous vote in favor of the authorization in 2001 of military force against “nations, organizations or persons” that President George W. Bush has held. determined to have helped perpetrate September 11, 2001., Terrorist attacks.
Biden has repeatedly touted his opposition to President Barack Obama’s “wave” of additional troops in Afghanistan when Biden was vice president in 2009. This opposition, however, does not mean that Biden has been “against this war … from the start. start. “
President Biden has also distorted criticism of his withdrawal from Afghanistan. Critics do not blame the president for not “getting out without anyone getting hurt,” but rather for breaking his own promise not to abandon the Americans, among other things.
“If there are any US citizens left, we will stay to get them all out,” Biden told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Aug. 16. Yet on August 31, barely 15 days later, the president marked the end of the war. in Afghanistan with a speech in which he admitted that “about 100-200 Americans remain in Afghanistan with some intention to leave”.
“What is really embarrassing and almost scary to know is that we have a Commander-in-Chief who does not see the imperative of bringing the Americans home,” Lt. Gen. (retired) William said. “Jerry” Boykin to Fox News in an interview on Sept. 1. “It’s a long-standing philosophy, not just of the military, but of America.”
Boykin joined other retired military leaders in calling for the resignation of top Biden military and diplomatic officials, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin , Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, following the withdrawal.
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Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, President Trump’s former acting national security adviser, previously told Fox News that the post-withdrawal situation in Afghanistan was worse than the post-withdrawal situation in Iraq, hence was born the Islamic State.