The New York Times reports:
President Biden offered a defiant defense on Monday of his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, returning to the White House from a weekend at Camp David amid chaotic scenes at the Kabul airport following the collapse of the Afghanistan government to the Taliban.
Speaking to the American people from the ornate East Room, Mr. Biden stood by his decision to end the longest war in United States history and rejected criticism from allies and adversaries about the events of the weekend that left hundreds of Afghans desperately running after military planes as they ferried Americans to safety out of the country’s capital.
“The choice I had to make was either to follow through on the agreement to drawdown our forces,” Mr. Biden said, “or escalating the conflict and sending thousands more American troops back into combat and lurching into the third decade of conflict.” He added: “I stand squarely behind my decision.”
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‘I stand squarely behind my decision’: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal, concedes Taliban takeover was faster than anticipated https://t.co/wWp4HIfM7Y
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 16, 2021
Biden on Afghanistan: “I stand squarely behind my decision … But I always promised the American people that I would be straight with you. Truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.” pic.twitter.com/0xvvdbHF3a
— The Recount (@therecount) August 16, 2021