Speaking twenty-four hours after the last U.S. C-17 military transport aircraft took off from the Afghan capital, Joe Biden, the United States President, forcefully defended his decision to end the longest war in Afghanistan, saying he wasn’t going to extend that forever war and wasn’t going to extend a forever exit. Biden called his decision the right one, the wise decision, and the best decision for the United States.
On Tuesday, a defensive President Biden called the American airlift to evacuate over 0.12M U.S. citizens, Afghans, and others who supported U.S. troops to end a two-decade war an ‘extraordinary success,’ though over a hundred American residents and thousands of allies were left behind.
I believe this is the ‘right decision, wise decision and the best decision’. The war in Afghanistan is now over. I am the fourth president to have faced this issue on how to end this war… I made a commitment to Americans to end this war, I honoured it: US President Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/8SwnkioDk0
— ANI (@ANI) August 31, 2021
The American President has faced hard questions regarding the way the United States went about leaving the Islamic Republic, a messy relocation with violence spasms, including a suicide bombing past week that killed thirteen U.S. service members and 169 Afghani people.
Furthermore, he is under heavy criticism, especially from GOPs, for his tackling of the relocation. However, Biden said it was inevitable that the closing departure from the longest war, first negotiated with the Taliban for 1st May by ex-U.S. President Trump would have been tough, with possible violence, no matter when it was thought out and conducted.
Much-Criticized U.S. Relocation
For weeks, the U.S. President and other members of his government discussed the likelihood of staying for long, balancing the challenges and benefits of a massive operation to relocate more Americans and Afghan civilians against credible security warnings.
Joe Biden, pushing back against those who advocate for small troops left in Afghanistan, said that there’s nothing low grade or low cost or low risk about any war. Moreover, he said that American missions overseas should have clear, achievable aims and stay clearly concentrated on America’s primary national security interests.
Biden also defended the much-condemned American evacuation and stated the United States is dedicated to continuing to help U.S. citizens and Afghani people leave Afghanistan.
Furthermore, Biden said that it was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all their commanders on the ground to end their airlift mission as planned. Their view was that completing their military mission was the best way to save the lives of their forces and secure the prospects of civilian withdrawals for people who wish to leave the country in the days ahead.
He added that the Afghan Taliban had made commitments on safe passage, and the world would hold them to their obligations.
Largest Airlift In American Military History
American President’s decision to keep to the pullout deadline drew sharp disapproval from political opponents and from some allies. The United States exit comes days before the twentieth anniversary of the 11th September 2001, terror attacks that provoked America to send forces into the Islamic Republic to get after the Al-Qaeda terrorists who organized the attacks and the Afghan Taliban fighters who harbored them.
The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history. They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.
My full statement: https://t.co/kfLkzQtEzp
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 30, 2021
The commander of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, declared the end of the American mission to Afghanistan during a press conference on Monday at the U.S. Defense Department, telling the media the last American aircraft roared off in Kabul just ahead of midnight local time.
He said, praising the thousands of forces and others who fought and worked in the Islamic Republic, 2461 American service members and civilians were killed, and over twenty thousand were wounded. Moreover, referring to the eighteen-day effort described as the most significant air transport in American military history, he told the media that they didn’t get everybody out that they wanted to get out.