President Joe Biden offered his strongest defense to date for his administration’s handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan on Tuesday, hours after the last US planes left the country.
In a nationwide White House speech marking the end of the US occupation of Afghanistan, Biden explained that he was not ready to let an “eternal war” turn into a “forever way out” , while claiming that the United States had succeeded in extracting most of the Americans from the country before the last flights departed.
“I was not going to prolong this war forever, and I was not going to extend an outing forever,” the president said.
“In the end, 90% of the Americans who were in Afghanistan and wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden continued, adding of those who remain: “We remain committed to getting them out if they want to leave. . “
His remarks were the President’s most direct response to date to criticism from some members of his own party as well as many media and across the GOP on the handling of evacuations; right-wing supporters of former President Donald Trump have called for his resignation, while others questioned why the evacuations hadn’t started sooner, before Kabul fell to the Taliban.
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