On Thursday, President Joe Biden said that the military mission in Afghanistan would conclude on August 31, and said that the speed was safety as all the United States sought to end the nearly 2 decade long war.
The President in his speech said that they did not go to Afghanistan to nation build, and that the leaders of Afghan would have to come together and drive towards the future. He also amplified on the justification of his decision on ending the US military operations even when Taliban made rapid advances in significant swaths of the country. He concluded his decision saying that it was an unwinnable war and it did not have any military solution.
He mentioned that he would not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no expectation of achieving any different outcome, Biden also said that he only trusted the capacity of the Afghan Military to defend the government.
Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, before his speech said that the Biden administration officials always anticipated an uptick in violence or greater turmoil as the US withdrawal moved forward.
She also said that prolonging the US military would have led to increase of attacks on the American troops. She said that the question he fundamentally faced was that after 20 years whether he going to commit more of the American troops to a civil war in Afghanistan.
Joe Biden said that it was highly unlikely that any one government would be taking control of Afghanistan after the US pulls out, and he urged the Afghan government to come forward with a deal with Taliban. He added that there was no mission accomplished moment as the US war came to an end, and the mission was accomplished in that they got Osama Bin Laden, however terrorism was not arising from that part of the world.