This is NO surprise to some of us….
This announcement is putting things off….
His military, Congress and just about EVERYBODY else does NOT want to withdraw the American troops from Afghanistan ….(NATO has 7,000 troops there)
Other’s have fought there only to give up and withdraw…
The Taliban isn’t REALLY gonna honor any peace deal’s….
President Biden and the Pentagon also has increasing China (Taiwan) and Russia (Ukraine) military threats to worry about…
While the Taliban has vowed to renew attacks on U.S. and NATO personnel if foreign troops are not out by the deadline, it is not clear if the militants will follow through with those threats given Biden’s plan for a phased withdrawal between now and September.
Officially, there are 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, although the number fluctuates and is currently about 1,000 more than that. There are also up to an additional 7,000 foreign forces in the coalition there, the majority of them NATO troops…
Some officials have warned that a U.S. exit will lead to the collapse of the Kabul government while jeopardizing gains made over the last two decades in health, education and women’s rights.
Biden administration officials say the United States intends to remain closely involved in the peace process and will continue to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to the Afghan government and security forces, which remains almost totally dependent on foreign support.
“What we won’t do is use our troops as a bargaining chip in that process,” the person familiar with the plans said.
The White House declined to comment on withdrawal plans….
Retired Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, said the decision to leave was overdue.
“I wouldn’t say enough is enough,” said Powell, who was in charge of Bush’s State Department during the 9/11 attacks and the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. “I’d say we’ve done all we can do…What are those troops being told they’re there for? It’s time to bring it to an end.”
The Soviet Union, which occupied Afghanistan for a decade until it abruptly withdrew in 1989, “did it the same way,” Powell said. “They got tired and they marched out and back home. How long did anybody remember that?”