Joe Biden Says He Would’ve Withdrawn Troops From Afghanistan Regardless Of Trump’s Deal
President Joe Biden recently sat down for an interview with George Stephanopoulos that did not really go over very well with the American people. During this little chat, Biden stated that he would’ve withdrawn U.S. troops from Afghanistan regardless of whether former President Donald Trump had made a deal to pull forces out of the region or not, which seems to complicate messaging coming out of the White House that blamed the previous administration for the mess.
Biden is seemingly denying that he had any failures in the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and then went on to refuse to acknowledge all of the horrifying images that have flooded out of Kabul featuring Afghans and Americans desperate to get out of the country.
The president’s supporters have suggested that President Donald Trump’s negotiated timeline, which had troops withdrawing from the country on May 1st, made it difficult for President Joe Biden to withdraw from Afghanistan without complications, leading to the unfolding disaster that has gripped the country since Sunday, when the Taliban appeared at Kabul’s city gates.
Biden, who already extended the troop presence until August 31st, told Stephanopolous that he would have withdrawn the troops regardless of Trump’s agreement — or even if there had been no agreement.
“I got into office, George. Less than two months after I was elected to office, I was sworn in, all of a sudden, I have a May 1 deadline. I have a May 1 deadline. I got one of two choices. Do I say we’re staying? And do you think we would not have to put a hell of a lot more troops? B– you know, we had hundreds– we had tens of thousands of troops there before. Tens of thousands,” Biden went on to whine, echoing explanations given by Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the weekend.
|Do you think we woulda — that we would’ve just said, ‘No problem. Don’t worry about it, we’re not gonna attack anybody. We’re okay?’ In the meantime, the Taliban was takin’ territory all throughout the country in the north and down in the south, in the [Pashtun] area,” Biden continued.
“So would you have withdrawn troops like this even if President Trump had not made that deal with the Taliban?” Stephanopolous replied in shock.
“I would’ve tried to figure out how to withdraw those troops, yes, because look, George. There is no good time to leave Afghanistan. Fifteen years ago would’ve been a problem, 15 years from now. The basic choice is am I gonna send your sons and your daughters to war in Afghanistan in perpetuity?” the president responded.
He then suggested that, given that there was no “good” time to pull out from Afghanistan, that the settled timeline should be followed.
“No one can name for me a time when this would end. And what constitutes defeat of the Taliban? What constitutes defeat? Would we have left then? Let’s say they surrender like before. OK. Do we leave then? Do you think anybody– the same people who think we should stay would’ve said, ‘No, good time to go?’ We spent over $1 trillion, George, 20 years. There was no good time to leave,” he then stated.
“The admission is notable because it implies that regardless of Trump’s deal — and, perhaps, regardless of the advice of national security and military experts who were helping to plot the American withdrawal — Biden was dead-set on bringing troops out of Afghanistan — a decision in line with his long-held thoughts on the matter. Biden opposed the surge, as the Atlantic noted on Thursday, and has been opposed to engagement in Afghanistan and elsewhere for decades,” the Daily Wire reported.
Folks, the Biden administration is a complete and total disaster. And this is only the first year of this madness. Just how much worse Biden can wreck things with three more years to go in his term?