In a provocative speech on Tuesday, President Biden upheld his decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan and warned the terrorist group ISIS-K: “We are not done with you yet.”
Less than a week after the insurgent group killed 13 US servicemen and dozens of Afghan civilians in two suicide bombings in Kabul, Biden said the United States remained determined to prosecute terrorist organizations “without boots on the ground “.
BIDEN URGED AFGHAN PRESIDENT TO CHANGE THE “PERCEPTION” THAT THE TALIBAN WIN, “WHETHER TRUE OR NOT”
“As Commander-in-Chief, I firmly believe that the best way to protect our safety and security lies in a tough, ruthless, focused and precise strategy that goes after terror where it is today, not where it is. was two decades ago, ”the president said. .
Biden, who described the evacuation efforts as “messy” last week, said he “respectfully” disagreed with critics who argue that US forces should have stayed longer in Afghanistan.
Biden said it was not in the US national interest to stay in Afghanistan to root out terrorists.
“Here’s one key thing to understand: the world is changing,” Biden said.
DEFIANT BIDEN TAKES “RESPONSIBILITY” FOR DECISION TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN, ALL THE SUCCESS OF THE MISSION
The president stressed that geopolitical threats from foreign actors like China and Russia are increasingly urgent issues to which the United States must devote resources.
“There is nothing that China or Russia would prefer, or no longer want in this competition, that the United States bogged down another decade in Afghanistan,” he said.
Biden said the United States will continue to fight terrorist organizations by using “horizon capabilities” to attack through airstrikes instead of using major military operations on the ground.
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The president said this shift in military power will serve to “make us stronger and more effective” by relying more on technological advancements rather than a presence on the ground.
“And for all of you who are mistaken, let me make it clear,” Biden added. “To those who wish America harm, to those who engage in terrorism against us or our allies, know this: America will never rest. We will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down to the ends of the earth and you will pay the ultimate price. “