US Mission in Afghanistan Was Never Nation Building, Says Biden
Following the great amount of criticism he was subjected to, Biden makes a speech from the White House in which he said ending US military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision.
As the situation in Afghanistan escalates following the Taliban takeover, in addition to the harsh criticism he is being subjected to over the way his Administration handled the Afghan crisis, Joe Biden makes a speech from the White House.
"Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation building. It was never supposed to be creating a unified centralized democracy," Biden said. He noted that the only vital US interest in Afghanistan today is "preventing terrorist attacks on American homeland."
"We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear goals; get those who attacked us on September 11th, 2001," he added.
The American President expressed his belief that what is currently happening in Afghanistan, "Could just as easily happened 5 years ago or 15 years in the future," saying he had to make a choice to either follow through on former President Donald Trump's agreement with the Taliban or to go back to fighting with them.
The Democrat said this situation unfolded faster than the administration anticipated, however asserting that he doesn't "regret [his] decision to end America’s war fighting in Afghanistan."
Biden stated that his administration made it clear to the Taliban that upon any attack on US personnel or disruption of their operation, "The US presence will be swift and the response will be swift and forceful."
Additionally, Biden declared that his country gave the Afghan forces everything they needed and every chance to determine their own future; however, as he said, they had no will to fight for their future.
The US President followed up by saying if Afghanistan could not resist the Taliban now, "There is no change that one more year, five more years, or twenty more years of US military boots on the ground would have made any difference."
"American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war, and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves," he added.
President "assured" that the United States would continue supporting the people of Afghanistan through their diplomacy, international influence, and humanitarian aid.
The 46th United States President clarified that he made several propositions to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani regarding a political settlement with the Taliban, advising him to take the diplomatic path. However, as Biden declared, those propositions and advice were "flatly refused" by President Ghani.
Biden accused Russia and China of having interest in a destabilized Afghanistan, saying, "China and Russia, would love nothing more than the United States to continue to funnel billions of dollars in resources and attention into stabilizing Afghanistan indefinitely."
US President Biden interrupted Monday his holiday at Camp David and returned to the White House following the fall of Kabul that took the world by surprise.
Previously, in his latest statement on the developments in Afghanistan, Biden said he has no regrets. "I do not regret my decision," he asserted when asked if the Biden administration's withdrawal plans have changed, taking the Taliban's latest offenses and advances into account.
Earlier today, US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby stated that the Afghan government had collapsed due to a lack of leadership.
In reference to the Doha Agreement signed in February of 2020, US Department of State spokesperson Ned Price accused former President Donald Trump and his administration of striking a deal with the Taliban that was not in the US's best interests.
President Joe Biden is facing harsh criticism from his opponents, who believe he mismanaged the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, prompting the US to rush to evacuate its embassy and citizens, blaming Biden for underestimating fears of the Afghan government collapsing quickly last month.
Amos Yaldin, the former head of the IOF Military Intelligence Directorate, touched on the scenes of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. He said the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, especially as it was depicted, was insulting.
The Israeli media, commenting on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, said: "With the United States withdrawing its last nationals, it is, in reality, fleeing from Afghanistan, and it is not a withdrawal as the current administration is trying to portray it."
On Monday, the United Nations Security Council urged an immediate end to hostilities and human rights violations in Afghanistan, as well as the formation of a new government through negotiations that is unified, inclusive, and represents all parties, as well as ensuring full and equal participation of women.
Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, urged the international community to work together to eliminate the terrorist danger in Afghanistan, particularly after the Taliban took control of Kabul.
During the 20-year US occupation of Afghanistan, the US has lost around 2500 soldiers and spent more than two trillion dollars.
After capturing the Afghan Presidential palace and Ashraf Ghani's resignation, a Taliban official says the movement will soon declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Kabul.
The Kabul Assembly committee stated today that the Taliban Forces will be in charge of security and stability in the city.