Biden Remains Privately "Defiant" That He Did NOT Botch Afghanistan Withdrawal

By Lisa Pelgin | Saturday, 17 February 2024 09:20 PM
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In a forthcoming book, it is revealed that President Biden remains unyielding in his belief that his decisions surrounding the tumultuous Afghanistan withdrawal, which indirectly resulted in the loss of 13 American soldiers' lives, were correct.

This information is derived from an excerpt of "The Internationalists: The Fight to Restore Foreign Policy After Trump," which was acquired by Axios.

The book suggests that Biden is confident that future generations will view his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan favorably. This decision marked the end of America's longest war, which had spanned two decades.

Author Alexander Ward writes, "Following the withdrawal, no one offered to resign, in large part because the president didn't believe anyone had made a mistake. Ending the war was always going to be messy." The President reportedly assured his top aides, including White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, that they had done their best under the circumstances and pledged his support.

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Ward quotes a White House official saying, "There wasn't even a real possibility of a shake-up." The book also alleges that Biden was aware that he was making promises about evacuating people from Afghanistan that he would be unable to fulfill, as the situation at the Kabul airport descended into chaos.

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A White House official privately admitted to Ward, "There's no one here who thinks we can meet that promise," following Biden's statement to ABC News on August 18, 2021, that he would keep troops on the ground until every U.S. citizen had the opportunity to leave.

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Ward's book also discusses Biden's alleged preference for the State Department's analysis, given his previous role as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This bias, according to Ward, was also due to Biden's skepticism of the Department of Defense and his belief that the Pentagon had created political upheaval for former President Barack Obama during a 2009 debate about a troop surge in Afghanistan.

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Biden's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan was met with global criticism after Taliban insurgents regained control of the country within days on August 15, 2021, two decades after their removal by U.S.-led forces. This occurred just a month after Biden had assured Americans that a Taliban takeover was "highly unlikely."

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The military evacuation, which necessitated the deployment of additional U.S. troops and significant cooperation from the Taliban, concluded a day ahead of schedule on August 30, 2021. Despite Biden's promise to "get them all out," hundreds of U.S. citizens and thousands of Afghan allies were left behind.

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During the mass evacuation at the Kabul airport on August 26, 2021, suicide bombers claimed the lives of 183 people, including 13 U.S. service members. In retaliation, the U.S. launched two drone strikes against suspected ISIS-K terrorists, one of which tragically resulted in the deaths of 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children.

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