President Joe Biden wants to end the decades-long war in Afghanistan. He said he doesn’t want to pass it along to a fifth president — does he have someone particular in mind?
Biden has declared he’s finally ending the war in Afghanistan, revealing wants troops returning home by September 11, 2021, according to Breitbart. The U.S. has been engaged in the conflict for two decades.
“I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan,” Biden said Wednesday. “Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass on this responsibility on to a fifth,” he said. It’s unknown whether he meant some yet unknown future candidate or Vice President Kamala Harris.
Former President Donald Trump was already working toward a May 1 drawdown deal he brokered, and Biden said he would stick to that plan. “It’s perhaps not what I would have negotiated myself, but it was an agreement made by the United States government and that means something,” Biden said.
Although Biden had initially supported the war, he now feels that the initial reasons for getting into the war — punishing Osama Bin Laden and flushing out terrorists — don’t exist. “War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multigenerational undertaking,” he said.
Addressing one of the major concerns with announcing such action, he warned that if the Taliban started trouble again the U.S. would retaliate. “The Taliban should know, if they attack us as we drawdown, we will defend ourselves and our partners with all the tools at our disposal,” Biden said.
The president also assured the public that the U.S. was not losing any of its diplomatic clout by withdrawing troops from the region. “American troops shouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip between warring parties in other countries,” he said about the idea of leaving American troops there for political posturing.
Biden is right that the war has gone on too long, but of course he’s just continuing on the trajectory Trump sent the nation on anyway. The only problem with him doing it is that Democratic administrations are notoriously bad at national security, so having troops withdrawn when America looks weak could spell disaster.