Biden: It’s Time for Afghanistan Forces ‘To Fight for Themselves’

“I do not regret my decision,” President Joe Biden told reporters yesterday when asked about the U.S. finally withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

Some 3,000 U.S. troops were scheduled to leave the area on May 1, per Trump administration orders after negotiations with Taliban leaders. But in April, Biden inexplicably pushed the withdrawal date back to September 11, despite Taliban threats to increase violence if the troops stayed beyond May. Then, in July, he again moved the withdrawal deadline, now to August 31.

These days, Biden is still promising to stay the withdrawal course—despite recent Taliban takeovers of some Afghan cities and war hawk rumblings that it’s our duty to stay.

“We spent over a trillion dollars, over 20 years. We trained and equipped with modern equipment over 300,000 Afghan forces,” Biden said Tuesday. “They’ve got to fight for themselves.”

Biden echoed Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said on Monday “it’s their country to defend now; this is their struggle.”- READ MORE