After criticism from world leaders, President Biden defended his administration’s withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
The President suggested pulling out of Afghanistan was the only option and a necessary one. He claims the international community supported the plan, although their agreement with his administration’s method is questionable. Speaking at the White House, the President said, “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world,” when asked about the global opinions of the situation in Afghanistan.
“I’ve spoken with our NATO allies… The fact of the matter is I have not seen that – matter of fact the exact opposite I’ve gotten. Exact opposite thing is we’re acting with dispatch, we’re acting, committing to what we said we would do.”
Former UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt criticized Biden for blaming the collapse of Afghanistan on the army’s unwillingness to fight, suggesting “… both he [Biden] and President Trump should be deeply ashamed, and I say this with great sadness because their actions have returned Afghanistan to the very government that harbored the 9/11 bombers.”
The Biden administration’s foreign policy has come under fire following the Taliban’s takeover and America’s abandonment of over 10,000 citizens in Afghanistan. Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May suggested the UK should have a plan separate from the US, she went on to say, “We boast about Global Britain, but where is Global Britain on the streets of Kabul?”
Following America’s attempted withdrawal, other countries followed with similar plans to leave Afghanistan. Now, countries such as Australia are organizing military efforts to collect their troops as the Taliban takes over.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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