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Biden Says Withdrawal Was An ‘Extraordinary Success’



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President Joe Biden said that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was an “extraordinary success” contrary to news reports. Biden appeared in a televised address to the nation 24 hours after the last plane left Kabul airport.

The President insisted they completed the task. This is despite reports saying that hundreds of Americans were left behind.  

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Was It An Extraordinary Success?

“As we close 20 years of war and strife and pain and sacrifice, it’s time to look to the future, not the past,” Biden said. He talked for 26 minutes and often showed a defensive President justifying his decisions.

The telecast, originally scheduled at 130 pm Eastern, aired around 3:30 pm. Despite questions from the White House press, Biden refused to deviate from his speech and did not respond to queries. 

However, Biden did confirm that some Americans were in fact left behind Afghanistan. Between 100 to 200 Americans who wanted to leave the country remain stranded in Taliban-controlled territory.

The President then assured the American people that “there is no deadline” in getting the stranded Americans out. Also, Biden did not allude to his promise to stay in Afghanistan until they evacuate all Americans in the area.  

Biden’s Extraordinary Success Meant 90% Americans Evacuated

Instead, Biden adjusted the goals. “The bottom line, 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden said. Afterward, he detailed efforts made by State Department officials to warn US citizens and friendly Afghans of the need to get out.

“Since March, we reached out 19 times to Americans in Afghanistan with multiple warnings and offers of help to leave Afghanistan – all the way back as far as March,” the president said with exasperation in his voice.

“In the 17 days we operated in Kabul after the Taliban seized power, we engaged in an around-the-clock effort to provide every American the opportunity to leave. Our State Department was working 24/7, contacting and talking, and in some cases walking Americans into the airport,” he added. 

Biden Disagrees With Critics About Evacuation Proceedings

In addition, Biden insisted that they did the best they could under the circumstances. He said he respectfully disagrees with critics. They accused the administration of acting too late, which prevented them from withdrawing in a more orderly fashion. 

“Imagine if we’d begun evacuations in June or July, bringing in thousands of American troops and evacuating more than 120,000 people in the middle of a civil war,” Biden insisted.

“There still would have been a rush to the airport, breakdown incompetence, and control of the government, and it still would have been a very difficult and dangerous mission. The bottom line is, there is no evacuation from the end of a war that you can run without the kinds of complexities, challenges, and threats we faced, none,” he added.

Biden Shifts Blame On Trump

As usual, Biden ended his speech by passing the blame to others. He first blamed the Afghanistan government that folded as soon as US forces withdrew.

Next, he went after his favorite fall guy: former President Donald Trump. “The Afghan security forces, after two decades of fighting for their country, and losing thousands of their own, did not hold as long as anyone expected.

The people of Afghanistan watched their own government collapse and their president flee into corruption and malfeasance, handing over the country to their enemy, the Taliban, and significantly increasing the risk to US personnel and our allies,” he complained. 

Then, the President turned his eye on his predecessor. He said that the ceasefire agreement brokered by Trump between the US and the Taliban led to a May 1 schedule for withdrawal.

This left him without any additional options. “We were left with a simple decision: either follow through on the commitment made by the last administration and leave Afghanistan or say we weren’t leaving and commit another tens of thousands more troops, going back to war.

That was the choice, the real choice, between leaving or escalating. I was not going to extend this forever war,” he added. 

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  • John says:

    Biden is the most failed president in my lifetime. He has done worse in his presidency than I could even imagined. I had very little faith that he would do anything of value. Everything that he has done has been an utter failure. He is not a leader and he is not qualified to be the president of this nation.

  • M Sanders says:

    I think Biden is a incompetent moron that never was elected by the Americans to be President and they rigged the election and with China’s help to hack the voting devices and change votes from Trump and added them to The evil moron so he could win the presidency cuz China already knew that he was going to help them by giving them money! And now they are laughing because they already knew that he was going to be a coward and take orders from terrorist and humiliate America! He should be taken to Afghanistan and left with the taliban to be tortured and kept captive like he left Americans to have to be tortured and killed! It’s very clear that the American citizens stand behind Trump and the Trump rally’s are proof who won the election legally! I have not seen one rally for Biden and there’s thousands of veterans who are ready to go to war and show Afghanistan that Americans are not cowards like the puppet that is trying to destroy our country! Impeach his sleepy Joe ass! He is an embarrassment to our country and he will never force us to put the so called vaccine in our bodies! You cannot take our guns or our freedom because we don’t want your vaccine that doesn’t prevent us from getting the so called COVID! God we need you now!

  • Marilin says:

    He must have been late because he needed a nap. Just saying.

  • Princess says:

    10,&6 year old and 2 toddlers could run the country better then the bunch we have in the White House could replace the Biden administration and we’d be better off (just saying)

  • Verónica says:

    Thank you President Biden for bring back our people. Fight for that country is useless because they love to live like wild animals.
    Again thanks

  • Loyd it Huff says:

    Stop complaining, you who voted for him.

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