During a speech to the White House at the end of America’s longest war, Joe Biden on Tuesday hailed the mission to expel Americans and their allies from Afghanistan as “extraordinary success.”
“No country in history has achieved anything like this,” he said. “The extraordinary success of this mission is due to the incredible skill, courage and selfless courage of the US military, our diplomats and our intelligence experts.”
The United States is committed to expelling the remaining Americans in Afghanistan, he said, adding that the number could range from 100 to 200. Following the execution of his predecessor Donald Trump’s agreement with the Taliban, the US president defended his decision to leave Afghanistan, saying there was no other option but to “withdraw or increase the military” in the long US war.
A tough, ruthless, focused and precise strategy
“We had a simple choice. Either follow the determination of the previous administration, leave Afghanistan, or say we did not send tens of thousands of soldiers back to war. The real choice was between departure or escalation. I am not going to prolong this eternal war, I am not going to prolong the eternal withdrawal.
After an attack last week near Kabul airport that killed 100 Afghans, 13 American soldiers and two Britons, Joe Biden again warned the Islamic State group in Corzan that the United States was “not finished” with him.
“For IS-K: We are not done with you”, He began the US presidency during a solemn speech at the White House at the end of the war in Afghanistan. “Commander-in-Chief, the best way to protect our security is through a tough, ruthless, focused and precise strategy, not where it is. Two decades.”