The far-left is championing Biden as if he was the first one who orchestrated troops being brought home from Afghanistan.
Well, actually the reality is President Trump made an agreement to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by May 1st but now Biden wants to withdraw the troops by September 11th.
The Taliban isn’t too happy about Biden pushing back the date and has condemned Biden for backing out of the May 1st agreement which was agreed with the Trump administration.
Biden is literally trying to gain credit for Pompeo and Trump’s foreign policy success and might even start more conflict in the Middle East so he can claim to be the one who brought our troops home.
How petty is that?
Biden is announcing that the military will stay in Afghanistan at least 4 months past the negotiated May 1st withdrawal date, even though the Taliban has said they'll resume fighting if troops remain there past May 1st.
I guess "stay home, save lives" doesn't apply to neocons.
— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) April 14, 2021
BREAKING: President Joe Biden will leave U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration, an official says. Biden has set the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as the new withdrawal date. https://t.co/Ngiormrwxo
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 13, 2021
The Associated Press shared these details:
Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday.
The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year, but leaves no room for additional extensions. A senior administration official called the September date an absolute deadline that won’t be affected by security conditions in the country.
While Biden’s decision keeps U.S. troops in Afghanistan four months longer than initially planned, it sets a firm end to two decades of war that killed more than 2,200 U.S. troops, wounded 20,000, and cost as much as $1 trillion. The conflict largely crippled al-Qaida and led to the death of Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks. But an American withdrawal also risks many of the gains made in democracy, women’s rights and governance, while ensuring that the Taliban, who provided al-Qaida’s safe haven, remain strong and in control of large swaths of the country.
Biden has been hinting for weeks that he was going to let the May deadline lapse, and as the days went by it became clear that an orderly withdrawal of the roughly 2,500 remaining troops would be difficult and was unlikely. The administration official said the drawdown would begin by May 1.
Biden’s choice of the 9/11 date underscores the reason that American troops were in Afghanistan to begin with — to prevent extremist groups like al-Qaida from establishing a foothold again that could be used to launch attacks against the U.S.
"In reality, the new withdrawal plan complicates U.S. efforts to broker peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban. But if there is any chance of peace in Afghanistan, the five months before the completion of the withdrawal will be critical." https://t.co/Qd7t5akWSN
— The Wilson Center (@TheWilsonCenter) April 15, 2021
See Trump was respected all over the world and these lefties thought Biden could hold a candle to Trump. Guess again.
Taliban Warns It Will Continue Jihad if Biden Breaks Trump Afghanistan Deadline https://t.co/sBWD564goV
— sean janicki (@janicki_sean) April 15, 2021
Breitbart News covered the Taliban’s comments too:
A statement from the Afghan jihadist organization the Taliban condemned President Joe Biden on Thursday for delaying the withdrawal of American troops from the country, noting the administration of President Donald Trump agreed to leave the country by May 1, but Biden would keep troops there for another four months.
In remarks on Wednesday, Biden announced that all U.S. troops would leave Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks on the American homeland that initially prompted President George W. Bush to invade the country. The Taliban has close ties to al-Qaeda and American intelligence officials believed al-Qaeda head Osama bin Laden may be hiding in Afghanistan at the time; U.S. forces ultimately found him in neighboring Pakistan.
Biden presented the withdrawal as a declaration he believed the war had gone on too long, without openly addressing that, had he not changed the deadline, U.S. troops would have left Afghanistan by May 1. In late 2020, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Doha, Qatar, to meet Taliban leaders in talks that resulted in an agreement: if the Taliban cut ties to international terrorist groups and stopped attacking U.S. forces, America would withdraw its troops by May 1.
The Taliban’s statement in response to Biden emphasized the fact that, under Trump, America had made binding agreements with the group that included the May exit.
“This decision is a clear violation of the Doha Agreement and non-compliance with its commitments,” the Taliban said, referring to where the deal was brokered.
Biden’s pride to not abide by Trump’s agreement could possibly put many soldiers’ lives in danger and could re-kindle a war in Afghanistan.