In an effort to save face over the recent collapse in the middle east, Joe Biden acknowledged to the media the devastating events taking place in Afghanistan, but said he stands by his decision to prematurely pull troops out of the area.
Biden placed the blame on others for the heightened tensions in Afghanistan, and said the shocking collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan leadership amid a Taliban blitz only further confirmed that he was right to order the United States out of the country, the focus of anti-terror and democratizing efforts since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
He did say that he and his administration were surprised by how quickly the terrorist group moved into control of the area, and even after all the deaths and heightened threats of terror, he said he has no regrets. “I stand squarely behind my decision,” he said during a hastily arranged speech from the White House, as more U.S. troops were ordered to Kabul to try to keep order amid scenes of despair and mayhem in the capital.
“Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation building,” Biden said. “ . . . Our only vital national interest in Afghanistan remains today what it has always been: preventing a terrorist attack on the American homeland.”
ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN
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