President Joe Biden has excluded any change in the US policy to retract its army from Afghanistan despite the Taliban increasingly gaining control over a large course of the battered country, saying Afghan leaders need to cooperate and fight for themselves and their nation. President Biden in April directed the removal of all the US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 to end America’s longest war.
The Pentagon’s massive task of withdrawing service members and equipment out of Afghanistan is nearly complete and the US military mission is scheduled to end by August 31. No, Biden told reporters on Tuesday at the White House when inquired if his current plan to retract the army could change at all.
Look, we exhausted over a trillion dollars over 20 years. We trained and equipped over 300,000 Afghan forces. Afghan leaders have to cooperate. We lost thousands — lost to death and wounds— thousands of American officers. They’ve got to combat for themselves, fight for their nation, he claimed. The United States — I’ll insist we persuade them to keep the commitments we made of furnishing close air support, making sure that their air force operates and is operable, resupplying their forces with food and equipment, and paying all their salaries. But they’ve got to want to combat. They have surmounted the Taliban, Biden said.
As the US army pulled back from Afghanistan, the Taliban has made amazing battlefield advances despite being vastly surpassed by the Afghan military. Over the weekend, the Taliban captured five provincial Afghan capitals.
Biden stated the Afghans are commencing to realise they’ve got to come unitedly politically at the top. But we are going to keep our commitment. But I do not regret my choice, he said.
Earlier, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters the US went to Afghanistan to convey justice to those who assaulted them on September 11, to disrupt terrorists seeking to use Afghanistan as a safe haven to strike the US. We achieved those objectives some years ago, she said.
We judge the threat now against our nation, which is his accountability as commander-in-chief to focus on, as being one where the threat ensues from outside of Afghanistan, she added. The President asked for a clear review, for a review from his team on what the possible significance could be, she said.
“He asked them not to whitewash this. He asked them to explain the possible consequences concretely and clearly,” he added. I would also like to point out that we have provided a large amount and variety of assistance to the Afghan National Security Defense Forces, and we have proposed a large amount of funds in the fiscal year 2022 budget request to provide US$3.3 billion for the security forces. Afghanistan, she said.
So, he made the decision of the commander-in-chief. These are difficult decisions. He did this because after 20 years of war, it is time to let our army, our men and women go home. Psaki said that we will continue to be partners and supporters of their field efforts. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that although the Biden administration plans to continue to provide air support, the U.S. military is powerless.
Of course we will provide support from the air where and when possible, but this cannot replace ground leadership, cannot replace political leadership in Kabul, or use my ability and ability to know they have it, Kirby said.