President Joe Biden will announce on Wednesday that he will move to Afghanistan to return US troops. After his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, tried to withdraw his army several times.
“We cannot continue the cycle of expanding or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, creating ideal conditions for withdrawal and expecting different results,” Biden said in an excerpt from Wednesday’s speech. Stated. “I’m now the fourth US President to preside over the US military presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I don’t transfer this responsibility to one-fifth. . “
Biden said the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City “cannot explain” why US troops should stay, and now “when the longest war in the United States ends” and “US troops return home.” It’s time to do it. ” Central Asian country.
According to the White House, Biden will visit Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to soldiers who died during the war in Afghanistan.
The president said the army would withdraw completely by September 11, 2021, and said it had consulted with the best military leaders and Vice President Kamala Harris to make a decision.
Last year, Trump announced an agreement with the Taliban, stating that the military would withdraw from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021.
“We went to Afghanistan because of the horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. It can’t explain why we should stay there in 2021,” he said in a prepared statement. The president will also say. “Rather than returning to the war with the Taliban, we must determine our position and focus on the challenges that will be reached today and in the coming years.”
Biden will also announce that the United States will provide security assistance to Afghan troops, according to his prepared speech.
“We will continue to provide support to Afghanistan’s defense and security forces. Together with our partners, we have trained and equipped nearly 300,000 people, and they continue to fight bravely on behalf of their country. We are spending a lot of money defending the people of Afghanistan. ” “We support the UN-promoted peace negotiations between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.”
As of this year, about 2,500 US soldiers remain in Afghanistan.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And other top Republicans said Biden’s military removal plan was a “serious mistake.”
“Foreign terrorists won’t leave the United States alone because our politicians are tired of fighting them,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on Tuesday. The administration “needs to explain to the American people why he thinks he will abandon our partner and withdraw in the face of the Taliban will make America safer,” he added. It was.
Some Republicans praised Biden’s decision.
Senator Ted Cruz (Republican) said, “I’m glad the military has returned,” and Senator Josh Hawley (Republican) wrote, “It’s time for this eternal war to end.”
This is because the threat assessment report from the Director of National Intelligence shows that the Chinese Communist Party, Russia and North Korea are the biggest threats.
Regarding the peace agreement in Afghanistan, the report said, “The outlook for the peace agreement remains low next year,” the Taliban said. “It is likely to make a profit on the battlefield, and the Afghan government will maintain the Taliban. Will have a hard time. ” If the coalition withdraws support, it is in the bay. “
The report further stated that Iran “builds relations with both the Kabul government and the Taliban and makes political outcomes available.”