All US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by 9/11/2021, ignoring the 1 May deadline set by previous guy. 2,500 troops remain.
*“Wars with Native tribes from 1788-1890 count as the actual longest U.S. war, the nation’s very own Hundred Years War. ”
“I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth,” Biden says. “I've concluded that it's time to end America's longest war” https://t.co/CvgQisa0I9 pic.twitter.com/xYuRmsOtvE— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 14, 2021
President Biden says the September 11, 2001 terror attacks “cannot explain” why American forces should still be there 20 years later.
BREAKING: President Joe Biden will leave U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration, an official says. Biden has set the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as the new withdrawal date. https://t.co/Ngiormrwxo— The Associated Press (@AP) April 13, 2021
The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year, but leaves no room for additional extensions. A senior administration official called the September date an absolute deadline that won’t be affected by security conditions in the country.
While Biden’s decision keeps U.S. troops in Afghanistan four months longer than initially planned, it sets a firm end to two decades of war that killed more than 2,200 U.S. troops, wounded 20,000, and cost as much as $1 trillion. The conflict largely crippled al-Qaida and led to the death of Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks. But an American withdrawal also risks many of the gains made in democracy, women’s rights and governance, while ensuring that the Taliban, who provided al-Qaida’s safe haven, remain strong and in control of large swaths of the country.
Biden has been hinting for weeks that he was going to let the May deadline lapse, and as the days went by it became clear that an orderly withdrawal of the roughly 2,500 remaining troops would be difficult and was unlikely. The administration official said the drawdown would begin by May 1.
Biden’s choice of the 9/11 date underscores the reason that American troops were in Afghanistan to begin with — to prevent extremist groups like al-Qaida from establishing a foothold again that could be used to launch attacks against the U.S.
“I'm the first president in 40 years who knows what it means to have a child serving in a war zone,” President Biden said on Wednesday, referring to his son Beau, who was deployed to Iraq.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 14, 2021
— Ben Pauker (@benpauker) April 14, 2021
But in the end, Biden and his top national security deputies did what no previous president has done successfully — they overrode the brass.
Reminder: There are nearly 800,000 unique Americans who served in the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Nearly 30,000 served *at least five tours* there. That's not counting diplomats, intelligence, NGO workers, etc.https://t.co/XL3YowTrp8— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) April 13, 2021
If there's anyone I trust on long-term security decisions, it's the former CIA director who set up a shared gmail account with his mistress https://t.co/cJIFydqx2k
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) April 14, 2021