Biden argues fiercely that the US has met its objectives in Afghan withdrawal
President Biden defended his decision to terminate America's 20-year war in Afghanistan on Thursday, saying the US could no longer afford the human cost or strategic distraction of a fight that had gone far from its original objective.
Mr. Biden, speaking after the withdrawal of nearly all U.S. combat forces and as the Taliban advanced throughout the nation, used strong and defensive tones to address opponents of his decision to cease American involvement in a battle that arose from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He stated that the US military deployment would be formally ended at the end of August.
Mr. Biden said he wasn't pronouncing "mission accomplished," but he made it plain that the country's future, including the fate of the current administration and worries about women's and girls' rights, was no longer in the hands of the US military.
Many other crucial issues have yet to be settled. The administration is still figuring out how to support the Afghan Air Force and the military's Black Hawk helicopter fleet from afar.