New Date For Afghanistan Withdrawal
- On October 22, 2011, Obama set a date of December 31, 2011.
- Trump set a date for May 1, 2021, cleverly leaving things up to the next president.
- But also note that on October 7, 2020 Trump Said US Will Be Out of Afghanistan by Christmas
- Now Biden says September 11, 2021.
President Biden proposes U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the Bin Laden plane attack that took down the World Trade towers.
Mr. Biden is expected to announce the decision formally on Wednesday, marking the second time in less than two years that an American president has set a date to end the nation’s involvement in the Afghan conflict—the longest war in U.S. history. Last year, then-President Donald Trump reached a deal with the insurgent Taliban movement under which U.S. troops would depart by May 1.
The Afghan government set up with U.S. support maintains a precarious hold on the country, and groups including Islamic State have since established footholds there, attacking U.S.-trained forces, government officials and civilians.
Will Anyone Honor a Ceasefire Agreement?
This morning I asked Why Insist On An Afghan Cease-Fire Agreement No One Will Honor Anyway?
The Biden administration has indicated repeatedly that removing coalition troops by the May 1 deadline would be difficult, given continued high levels of violence.
Is Violence Supposed to Stop?
Now I ask essentially the same question:
Is violence magically supposed to stop by September 11?
No Military Solution
There was no military solution last year, the year before, any time under Obama or Bush.
End the Invasion
Insanity From Inhofe
Senator James Inhofe (R., Okla.), who had also opposed Mr. Trump’s May 1 deadline, said Mr. Biden’s decision was reckless and based on a “political and not conditions-based” timeline.
Insanity From Bill Kristol
It’s been a difficult and frustrating war—but preventing terror attacks from Afghanistan and preventing a Taliban takeover, have, I think, been worth it. It continues to be worth it. Why withdraw and risk Kabul falling, and all that might follow from that?
War mongers who cannot think are why we have been in Afghanistan for 20 years.
None of the 9/11 hijackers were from Afghanistan, they were Saudi Arabia nationals.
Move the Troops to Germany?
What for? Bring them all home.
If Germany needs protection let me suggest German citizens.
Politics of the Move
Senator James Inhofe blasted the move as did Bill Kristol. Expect more war mongers to follow.
Trump will surely accuse Biden of playing politics by not honoring his May 1 date.
Perhaps Biden did indeed delay the May 1 date for political purposes. But Trump did not honor his political pledge to get the troops out before Christmas in 2020.
I am tired of all this war mongering insanity. Get the troops out.
Moreover, no matter what happens, don't put the US Troops back for any reason.
Finally, don't put US troops where they do not belong on nearly endless missions in the first place.
If Kabul falls, I don't give a damn just as I did not give a damn when Saigon fell to the Viet Cong two years after we left Vietnam.
By "not give a damn" I mean I would not risk one US soldier defending any place where US troops do not belong in the first place.
The US cannot afford to be the world's policeman nor should we try even if we could afford it.
Question of the Day
Will Biden succeed?