President Biden is set to call for an end to the United States’ 19-year war with Afghanistan and announce a full troop withdrawal from the region on Sept. 11, according to multiple U.S. officials.
“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result,” Biden will say in his Wednesday announcement, according to remarks obtained by The Hill.
“I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth,” the president plans to say. “It is time to end America’s longest war. It is time for American troops to come home,” his prepared remarks state.
While I agree that U.S. troop withdrawal from the region is long past due, it’s despicable that Biden is attempting to rewrite history of the war’s end.
Don’t be fooled—Biden shouldn’t be praised for his deceptive virtue-signaling move to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan on the 20th observance of the Jihadist terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.
Why, you may ask?
Being the politician he is, the president neglected to mention the fact that, under former President Trump, the troops were set to come home in May, four months before 9/11.
Treating troops like pawns, Biden is defying the Trump administration’s historic 2020 agreement with the Taliban to pull all U.S. troops from the region by May 1, 2021.
American presence in Afghanistan was not going to be extended or expanded under the previous administration, like Biden purports. In fact, it was going to be eliminated months before Biden’s new Sept. 11 deadline.
Biden is the one who is guilty of unnecessarily “extending” U.S. troop presence in the Middle East.
In reality, the Trump administration is responsible for ending the war by negotiating a year’s worth of cease-fires and prisoner exchanges between the Taliban and Afghanistan in exchange for U.S. troop withdrawal.
Perhaps Biden thought process asks what harm there is in keeping troops there several more months if it means he can go down in history stating he ended the Afghanistan war 20 years later on the horribly tragic day the war was prompted.
There may be no harm to the president, but there is of course potential harm to the 2,200 troops directed to remain deployed in Afghanistan longer than necessary, not to mention harm their families, because Biden wants to take credit for it.
This is unsurprising coming from an administration who cares more about optics and their radical agenda than real American people. And it is unlikely to end soon as the Biden administration continues its attempts to strip Trump’s legacy.