(Lalit K Jha) Washington, Aug 17 (PTI) US President Joe Biden has defended the decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, blaming the Afghan leadership for handing over power to the Taliban without a struggle, as well as the Taliban. warned that the United States would retaliate if he attacked American personnel or interfered with their operations in the country. Biden called the pictures coming from Afghanistan “extremely disturbing”. He said that American soldiers cannot die in a war that Afghan forces must fight for themselves.
Biden called the pictures coming from Afghanistan “extremely disturbing”. He said that American soldiers cannot die in a war that Afghan forces do not want to fight for themselves.
Addressing the nation, he said, “I am completely with my decision. I learned after 20 years that there was never a good time to withdraw the US military, so we were still there. We were clear about the risks. We planned every contingency, but I always promised the American people that I would talk to you very clearly.
“The truth is that it all happened much quicker than we anticipated. So what? The leaders of Afghanistan conceded defeat and fled the country. The Afghan army was battered and that too without even trying to fight. The developments of last week have proved that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan is the right decision.
Biden also said that the US would respond with destructive force if the Taliban interfered with US military withdrawal operations from Afghanistan.
“With the withdrawal of forces, we have made it clear to the Taliban that if they attack our personnel or obstruct our operations, a quick and vigorous response will be given,” he said.
The US President said, “We will defend our people with destructive force when needed.” The objective of our current operation is to evacuate our people and allies safely and at the earliest.”
“We will end America’s longest war after 20 years of bloodshed,” he said. The incidents we are seeing now sadly prove that no army can create a stable, united and secure Afghanistan. As history has it, it is the cemetery of empires.
Biden said, “We spent more than a thousand billion dollars. We trained about 3,00,000 soldiers of the Afghan army. Gave them supplies. Their army is much larger than the forces of many of our NATO allies. We paid them salaries, looked after the Air Force, which the Taliban do not have. The Taliban do not have an air force. We gave them every chance to decide their future. We cannot give them the will to fight for that future.
Returning to the White House from the Presidential Resort at Camp David in Maryland, Biden said America had given him every tool he could need. “There are many brave and capable soldiers in the Afghan army, but if Afghanistan is now unable to put up any resistance to the Taliban, it doesn’t matter if the US is there for a year, another year, five more years, or 20 more years,” he said. Will not.”
He said, “When Afghanistan’s own armed forces do not want to fight, it is wrong to send more US troops. The political leaders of Afghanistan could not come together for the betterment of their people.
Biden recalled meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman Abdullah at the White House in June and a telephonic conversation in July, saying, “We talked about making Afghanistan our home after the US military left.” How to be prepared to fight a war and how to eliminate corruption in the government so that the government can work for the Afghan people.
“I requested him to talk diplomatically and make a political settlement with the Taliban,” he said. This advice was rejected outright. Ghani insisted that the Afghan army would fight, but apparently he was wrong.
Biden said he would not repeat the mistakes America made in the past. The mistake of engaging in a conflict and fighting it indefinitely is not in America’s national interest. “We cannot repeat these mistakes because we have vital interests in the world that we cannot ignore,” he said.
“I also agree how sad this is for most of us,” he said. The visuals that are coming out of Afghanistan are very disturbing.