President Joe Biden on Thursday mentioned the US army mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31, saying “speed is safety” because the United States seeks to finish the almost 20-year battle.
“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build,” Biden mentioned in a speech to replace his administration’s ongoing efforts to wind down the US battle. “Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future.”
Biden additionally amplified the justification of his choice to finish US army operations even because the Taliban make fast advances in vital swaths of the nation. The administration in latest days has repeatedly sought to border ending the battle as a call that Biden made after concluding it’s an “unwinnable war” and one which “does not have a military solution.”
“How many more, how many more thousands of American daughters and sons are you willing to risk?” Biden mentioned to these calling for the US to increase the army operation. He added, “I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan, with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome.”
Biden said he didn’t trust the Taliban but trusted the capacity of the Afghan military to defend the government.
Before his speech, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden administration officials always anticipated an “uptick” in violence and larger turmoil because the US withdrawal moved ahead. She added that prolonging US army involvement, contemplating former President Donald Trump had already agreed to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by May 2021, would have led to an escalation of assaults on American troops.
“The question fundamentally facing him was after 20 years was he going to commit more American troops to a civil war in Afghanistan,” Psaki mentioned.
Biden mentioned it was “highly unlikely” that one authorities will management Afghanistan after the US pullout, and urged the Afghan authorities to achieve a take care of the Taliban.
The president added that there isn’t a “mission accomplished” second because the US battle involves an finish.
“The mission was accomplished in that we got Osama bin Laden and terrorism is not emanating from that part of the world,” he said.
US forces earlier this week vacated Bagram Airfield — the US epicenter of the conflict to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US that triggered the war.
Remaining US troops are now concentrated in Kabul, the capital. The Pentagon said the top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, is expected to end his tour of duty later this month as final arrangements are made for a reduced US military mission.
Biden in recent days has bristled at reporters when asked about the drawdown and the security situation in Afghanistan. Asked last week at an event to highlight a strong jobs report whether he was concerned that the Afghan government could fall in a matter of months, he didn’t hide his annoyance.
Biden, answering questions from reporters after his remarks on Thursday, said that Kabul falling to the Taliban would not be an acceptable outcome. But the president also pushed back against the notion that such a scenario was certain.
“Do I trust the Taliban? No,” Biden said. “But I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped and more competent in terms of conducting war.”
Biden continues to face stress from congressional lawmakers to supply additional element on how he intends to go about aiding 1000’s of Afghans who helped the US army as translators, drivers and in different jobs who are actually fearful they are going to be targets of the Taliban as soon as the US withdrawal is full.
The White House says the administration has recognized US amenities exterior of the continental United States, in addition to third international locations, the place evacuated Afghans would doubtlessly keep whereas their visa purposes are processed. Biden added that 2,500 Afghans have been granted particular immigrant visas since he took workplace in January.
“Our message to those women and men is clear,” Biden mentioned. “There is a home for you in the United States if you so choose. We will stand with you, just as you stood with us.”
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