Former President George W. Bush said Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan will cause much “harm” to Afghanistan’s women and girls.
“I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm” Bush said Wednesday on DW News.
“It’s unbelievable how that society changed from the brutality of the Taliban,” he added.
Bush served as president during 9/11 and led the nation’s initial response into Afghanistan in response. The nearly 20-year military presence has frequently been criticized by lawmakers of both parties, arguing America has long overstayed its necessary time.
“When I announced our drawdown in April, I said we would be out by September, and we are on track to meet that target. Our military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31,” Biden said earlier in June, according to The Washington Examiner.
“It’s the right and the responsibility of Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country,” he said. “Afghan leaders have to come together and drive towards a future that the Afghan people want and that they deserve,” Biden added.
More than 90 percent of American troops have already left Afghanistan. The remaining troops are on track to leave by the president’s targeted date.
The departure may likely lead to problems against its own people. The Taliban already argue they will rise again, at least within their own nation, leading to ongoing future problems.