From Fox News:
President Biden said U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan sooner than his original Sept. 11 deadline, telling reporters Thursday U.S. forces will be home by Aug. 31.
“In this context, speed is safety,” Biden told reporters, adding that not a single U.S. military member has been lost during the withdrawal process.
“The United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan – to get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and to deliver justice to Osama bin Laden,” he continued. “We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build.”
The president pushed back on some GOP calls to remain in Afghanistan as the Taliban gains in strength.
Biden said it is the “right and responsibility” of the Afghan people to decide how their country will function, and the impetus of the government to protect the nation’s sovereignty.
The U.S. will continue to provide air support for Afghani military forces, along with humanitarian and civilian assistance on important issues surrounding women’s rights.
But Biden doubled down on his decision not to leave a standing military force and posed the question, “How many thousands more of America’s daughters and sons are you willing to risk?”
“How long would you have them stay?” he continued.
“Staying would have meant U.S. troops taking causalities,” Biden added.
During the 20-year period – the United States’ longest-running war – American troops trained more than 300,000 Afghan military members and security forces to help them combat the threat of the Taliban.
Despite the training efforts and attempted peace deal by the U.S., the Taliban is estimated to have gained control over at least 50 of Afghanistan’s 370 districts.
Read the full report at Fox News.
BIDEN to VETERANS: ‘US Troops Died in IRAN and Afghanistan’
Former Vice President Joe Biden confused reporters on the campaign trail in Florida this week; once again confusing Iran with Iraq.
“US Troops died in Iran and Afghanistan,” said Biden at a campaign an event honoring America’s veterans, confusing the Islamic Republican of Iran with the invasion of Iraq.
WATCH: Joe Biden mixes up Iran and Iraq (again) pic.twitter.com/GF5zSqpoq3
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 15, 2020
Biden continued to confuse millions of Americans Tuesday when he told a roundtable in Florida that the country doesn’t “need more fossil fuels” just moments after arriving in the Sunshine State via his private jet.
“Much people only focused on the environmental impact, what that would mean, especially since we don’t need more fossil fuel. What we need is more renewable energy. I can guarantee you if I’m President there will be no off-shore drilling!” said Biden.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 15, 2020
Biden angered some climate-change activists on the far-left Tuesday when he arrived in Florida for his first campaign stop aboard a giant private plane before entering a giant SUV motorcade.
“Joe Biden has arrived in Tampa, Florida for his first visit to the state as the Democratic nominee. He is hosting a roundtable with veterans here and then a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee,” posted a reporter from USA Today on social media.
Joe Biden has arrived in Tampa, Florida for his first visit to the state as the Democratic nominee. He is hosting a roundtable with veterans here and then a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee. pic.twitter.com/qizRPiSrXn
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) September 15, 2020
Harris raised eyebrows among some of her climate change supporters on social media last Thursday after arriving in Miami in a private jet and being escorted into her SUV motorcade.
“Wheels down in Miami,” posted Harris.
“From a fossil fuel guzzling private plane to a fossil fuel guzzling SUV. Democrats don’t think the rules they want for everybody else should apply to them!” responded the Trump campaign.
From a fossil fuel guzzling private plane to a fossil fuel guzzling SUV.
Democrats don’t think the rules they want for everybody else should apply to them! https://t.co/phwDmnvRxl
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 10, 2020
Climate change is real and it poses a grave threat to our nation and our planet. It’s abundantly clear this Adminstration won’t tackle climate change head on, so state and local governments must. https://t.co/mrH5zlpyJD
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 29, 2017
Harris directly attacked the Trump administration over the issue in 2017, writing “Climate change is real and it poses a grave threat to our nation and our planet. It’s abundantly clear this Administration won’t tackle climate change head on, so state and local governments must.”
Watch Biden’s comments above.
BREAKING: Biden Announces US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Deadline Set for Sept 11
President Biden announced the rapid withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan with a deadline of September 11th, 2021 Wednesday; effectively ending America’s longest foreign war on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attack on New York City and the Pentagon.
“I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth President… I have concluded that it’s time to end America’s longest war. It’s time for American troops to come home. When I came to office, I inherited a diplomatic agreement, dually negotiated, that all US forces will be out of Afghanistan,” said Biden.
“In keeping with that agreement, the United States will begin our final withdrawal on May 1st and will do it safely,” he added. “We will do it in full coordination with our allies and partners.”
.@JoeBiden announces the U.S. will withdraw troops from Afghanistan:
"It's time to end America's longest war. It's time for American troops to come home." pic.twitter.com/BJN5lyP7Sa
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 14, 2021
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