This decision about Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan, it’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries. — President Joe Biden
This decision about Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan, it’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries. — President Joe Biden

Let me be clear, leaving on Aug. 31 is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives. It was time to end this war. I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit. — President Joe Biden
Let me be clear, leaving on Aug. 31 is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives. It was time to end this war. I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit. — President Joe Biden

First, we must set missions with clear achievable goals, not ones we’ll never reach. And second, we must stay clearly focused on the fundamental national security interests of America. — President Joe Biden
First, we must set missions with clear achievable goals, not ones we’ll never reach. And second, we must stay clearly focused on the fundamental national security interests of America. — President Joe Biden

Biden says the era of U.S. nation building is over as he marks the end of the Afghanistan war
  • President Joe Biden in an address to the nation Tuesday defended his decision to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of conflict.
  • Biden said the U.S. must learn from its mistakes by setting clear goals when it goes to war and not becoming involved in nation building.
  • “This decision about Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan, it’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries,” Biden said.
  • The Taliban, who were ousted from power by the U.S. shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, now control nearly all of Afghanistan.
President Joe Biden in an address to the nation Tuesday gave a full-throated defense of his decision to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of conflict, saying the era of large U.S. military deployments to rebuild other nations has ended.

Biden’s address came just 11 days before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that precipitated the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan.

“My fellow Americans, the war in Afghanistan is now over,” Biden said from the White House.

“I’m the fourth president who has faced the issue of whether and when to end this war,” he said.

“When I was running for president I made a commitment that I would end this war, and today I have honored that commitment. It was time to be honest with the American people; we no longer had a clear purpose in an open-ended mission in Afghanistan,” he said.

“This decision about Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan, it’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries,” the president said.


... On Sunday, the president and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Dover Air Force Base to meet privately with the families of the fallen before observing the dignified transfer of American flag-draped caskets from a C-17 military cargo plane to a vehicle.

“We owe them and their families a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, but we should never ever forget,” the president said of the fallen on Tuesday.

Though Biden said he took full responsibility for the decision to withdraw by Aug. 31, he pushed back against critics who say the White House was unprepared for the chaos that ensued as American forces exited and the Taliban rapidly seized Afghanistan.

The president said he tasked his national security team to prepare for every eventuality, including a swift Taliban takeover, and blamed the Afghan government for the country’s rapid collapse.

“We were ready when the Afghan security forces after two decades of fighting for their country and losing thousands of their own did not hold on as long as anyone expected,” Biden said.

“We were ready when the people of Afghanistan watched their own government collapse and the president flee amid the corruption and malfeasance, handing over the country to their enemy, the Taliban, and significantly increasing the risk to U.S. personnel and our allies,” Biden said.

“Let me be clear, leaving on Aug. 31 is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives,” the president said.

“It was time to end this war,” Biden said. “I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit.”

... Biden vowed to defend the U.S. against evolving threats from terrorist groups, such as ISIS, without getting the U.S. involved in another ground war. The U.S. must now confront challenges from powerful adversaries such as Russia and China as well, he said.

“As we turn the page on the foreign policy that has guided our nation over the last two decades, we’ve got to learn from our mistakes,” Biden said.

“First, we must set missions with clear achievable goals, not ones we’ll never reach. And second, we must stay clearly focused on the fundamental national security interests of America.”
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