Biden defends departure from ‘forever war,’ praises airlift

Biden defends departure from ‘forever war,’ praises airlift
President Joe Biden speaks about the end of the war in Afghanistan from the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Washington. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden again defended his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, praised the US airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from the country to end a two-decade war. The US president described this as “extraordinary success,” though more than 100 Americans and thousands of others were left behind.

One day after the last American military plane roared off from Kabul airport, Biden spoke to the nation and vigorously defended his decision to pullout US forces amid deadline and ending America’s longest war.

Mr Biden praised the unprecedented US airlift from the country.

Biden declared: “I was not going to extend this forever war. And I was not going to extend a forever exit.”

The president has faced tough questions about the way the US withdrew itself from Afghanistan — a messy and chaotic evacuation with spasms of violence, including a suicide bombing last week that killed more than 170 people, including 13 American service members.

Mr Biden is under heavy criticism, particularly from Republicans, for his handling of the evacuation, but he said it was inevitable that the final departure from the lost-lasting war would have been difficult, with likely violence, no matter when it was planned and conducted. The first negotiation with the Taliban about the US withdrawal was former President Donald Trump.

Asked after the speech about the president sounding angry at some criticism, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the president had simply offered his “forceful assessment.”

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