For Biden, it’s the Afghans to blame

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After the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, the images show chaotic scenes in Kabul, the capital: people rushing to the airport to leave, a crowd trying to get into a military plane about to take off, people falling into the void after holding the train. landing. So far, there are at least seven confirmed deaths. For the President of the United States, Joe Biden, all these events are not the responsibility of the North American country, but of Afghanistan itself. From their leaders they fled. From the local army, which hasn’t learned what it was taught after twenty years. From the very Afghans who, according to him, supposedly did not want to be evacuated until now. this monday, in your first public appearance Since the weekend’s collapse, the president has barely given in to one of the issues he is currently facing and acknowledged: “This has developed faster than we anticipated.”

Biden reappeared at the White House after spending the weekend at Camp David, the retirement home of American presidents. He did so driven by a barrage of criticism from Donald Trump, ensuring that, of course, he would have done it in a different way, even some Democrats who blame him for not having evacuated people before.

“We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with a clear objective: to catch those who attacked us on September 11, 2001 and ensure that al Qaeda could not use Afghanistan as a base to attack us again. We did this a decade ago”, said biden this monday as he begins his speech in the East Room of the White House. In his statements, the president defended his decision to maintain the agreement Trump had reached with the Taliban in 2020 and withdraw the troops that remained in the Asian country. “The intention of our mission was never to build a nation, it was never to create a unified and centralized democracy,” he said.

Biden insisted that the sole purpose of military intervention in Afghanistan was to “prevent a terrorist attack” in the United States and that staying was “repeating past mistakes”. He noted that he inherited the Trump deal and chose to continue it because the other option was to fight the Taliban again and push the conflict into its “third decade”. His only self-criticism may have been accepting that the radical Islamic group’s return happened “faster” than his administration had estimated, although some US media reported that the White House had intelligence reports warning of a possible immediate collapse. However, he said the outcome was Afghanistan’s responsibility: “Afghanistan’s leaders surrendered and fled the country. The army collapsed without wanting to fight”.

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For Biden, the United States gave the Asian country “all the tools it needed”, “paid salaries” and provided “air support”. “US troops cannot and must not fight a war and die in a war that Afghan forces do not want to fight on their own,” he noted.

The speech, which lasted less than 20 minutes, pleased a few. One of the people who supported Biden was Democrat Nancy Pelosi, president of the House of Representatives. “It is crucial that the United States and the international community unite to protect the people of Afghanistan, especially the women and girls who face the greatest risks. The Taliban must know that the world is watching and will not tolerate their brutal treatment,” he said in a statement.

On the Republican side, of course, criticism is unanimous. Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate, felt that Biden failed to “acknowledge its disastrous withdrawal” and argued that prioritizing campaign promises over the lives of “men, women and children” is a “reputation stain” for the country. This seems to be the expression accepted by the opposition party to refer to the result in Afghanistan. “What we have seen is an absolute disaster, a stain on the reputation of the United States of America,” said Republican Mitch McConnel, head of the opposition bloc in the Senate.

But doubts about how the last stage of the withdrawal was carried out, especially in the last week with the return of the Taliban, do not come from the Republican Party alone. More moderate in their criticism, Democrats point to the lack of planning in the evacuation of Americans, allies and Afghans who collaborated with the actions of the North American country. “We cannot abandon those who fought on our side, who now face the mortal danger of taking over by the Taliban. We have a moral obligation to act immediately,” said Delaware Senator Tom Carper.

“There is no way to hide it. The situation in Afghanistan is another constraint for this government. Withdrawal would never be easy, but it wasn’t necessary”, tweeted Texas Congressman Vicente Gonzalez. For his part, his California colleague Jackie Speier called the situation “a crisis of incalculable proportions.”

However, Biden doesn’t plan to back down or regret his decision. “I would rather receive criticism than pass it on to another president,” he replied in his speech on Monday. In addition, he said that the United States will now focus on evacuating its citizens into Afghan territory and their allies as quickly as possible. So, you will keep the decision to leave.


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