WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Monday afternoon defended his determination to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, his first remarks for the reason that Taliban ousted the Afghan national authorities on Sunday.
“I stand squarely in the back of my determination. After 20 years I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a upright time to withdraw U.S. forces,” Biden said in a memorable speech delivered from the East Room of the White Dwelling.
“I am president of the United States of America. The buck stops with me,” he added.
The president’s remarks came amid mounting criticism of his administration’s handling of the situation, as chaos engulfed parts of Kabul and the civilian authorities collapsed.
“The fact is, this did unfold extra fleet than we anticipated,” Biden said of the lighting offensive by the Taliban, which captured your total nation in much less than two weeks.
Still, Biden said his in discovering to the bottom of had no longer wavered, and the past week has effectively confirmed that 20 years of war have no longer produced an Afghan army that can defend the authorities, or a authorities willing to remain in the nation as the Taliban approached.
“American troops cannot and ought to no longer be combating in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are no longer willing to combat for themselves,” Biden said. “We gave them each chance to want their bear future. We may perhaps no longer provide them with the need to combat for that future,” he added.
“I know my determination can be criticized, but I’d rather take all that criticism than pass this determination on to a future president,” Biden said.
The president also spoke immediately to the American veterans and diplomats who feel the withdrawal has rendered their sacrifices pointless.
“I want to acknowledge how painful here is to so many of us. The scenes we’re seeing in Afghanistan, they’re gut-wrenching, particularly for our veterans, our diplomats, humanitarian workers, anyone who has hung out on the bottom working to enhance the Afghan of us,” he said.
At one point, Biden invoked the military provider of his bear son — Beau Biden, who deployed to Iraq for a year and later died of cancer in 2015.
“For of us that have lost family individuals in Afghanistan, and for Americans who have fought and served in the nation, wait on our nation in Afghanistan. That is deeply, deeply personal. It is far for me as properly,” he said.
Despite being vastly outnumbered by the Afghan military, which has lengthy been assisted by U.S. and NATO coalition forces, the Taliban carried out a succession of fair battlefield gains in fresh weeks.
As the Taliban moved closer to the capital over the weekend, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation and Western nations rushed to evacuate embassies amid a deteriorating security situation.
Taliban opponents take a seat over a vehicle on a road in Laghman province on August 15, 2021.
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Afghan of us take a seat as they wait to leave the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift stay to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of of us mobbed the city’s airport making an attempt to fly the community’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule.
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In varied places in Washington on Monday, U.S. officials began to paint the outlines of future American engagement with the unique Taliban authorities.
State Department spokesman Ned Stamp said the determination whether to formally witness the Taliban leadership as the legitimate authorities of Afghanistan will learn by occasions in the approaching weeks and months.
“This can depend on the actions of the Taliban,” said Stamp. “We are watching intently … the area is watching intently.”
“A future Afghan authorities that upholds the basic rights of its of us, that doesn’t harbor terrorists and that protects the basic rights of its of us, including the basic, fundamental rights of half its population, its ladies folks and ladies, that is a authorities that we can be able to work with,” he said.
A Protection Department spokesman said U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie met with Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar.
“The message was very clearly save to the Taliban, that these operations and our of us may perhaps no longer be attacked or there can be a response,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “As you and I speak there has been no attack on our operation or on our of us at the airport,” Kirby said
The Taliban seized Bagram Air Base on Sunday, a constructing that comes much less than two months after the U.S. military handed over the once-stalwart airbase to the Afghan National Safety and Protection Power.
The Taliban began emptying out Parwan penal advanced there, which has an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 prisoners, including hardened Taliban and al-Qaeda opponents, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
In 2012, at its peak, Bagram saw extra than 100,000 U.S. troops pass thru. It was the largest U.S. military installation in Afghanistan.