Joe Biden, taking a page from the Trump playbook, is planning to pull American troops out of Afghanistan by 9/11/21, the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attack.
Before you go condemning the move because it comes from Biden, remember, Trump wanted the troops out this year too. So, against Biden on this? Against Trump on this. But it’s a gamble.
The Taliban, who still call some of the shots there, could re-energize and become a threat. They could ally with Iran and pose a serious threat again. Our 5th Fleet in Bahrain could be a target of a terrorist action, as could other US allies and interests in the region.
On the other hand, as Trump knew, this is a 20 year war that we won some time ago. And after initially smashing the Taliban, was Afghanistan worth the life of one American?
FNC: “President Biden plans to remove all American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, a senior defense official confirmed to Fox News. If that happens, that would mean that all American forces will be out of the country by the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The president will make official remarks on the plans on Wednesday.
“The Trump administration had aimed to have all American forces out of Afghanistan, where the Taliban retains significant power, by May 1, if certain conditions in its negotiations with the Taliban were met. But with just more than two weeks until that deadline, it is being pushed back again.”
From @LucasFoxNews at the pentagon. —A senior defense official confirms to Fox News – all remaining 2,500 U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan by September 11th–the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) April 13, 2021
“I applaud President Biden for achieving an impossibility here in Washington: ending a forever war,” Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna said. “It is an act of extraordinary political courage and vision. After 20 years, thousands of lives lost, and trillions of dollars spent, we are finally bringing home our troops from Afghanistan.”
Mitch McConnell does not agree. “Precipitously withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan is a grave mistake. It is a retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished, an abdication of American leadership.”
A Biden aide commented, if there is not a clear exit plan now “we will be back at war with the Taliban, and that was not something President Biden believed was in the national interest … We’re going to zero troops by September.” Is Iraq next?