U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about refugee packages for Afghans who aided the U.S. throughout a briefing on the State Division in Washington, DC, U.S. August 2, 2021.
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As Taliban fighters started getting into the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended President Joe Biden’s resolution to withdraw American troops from the nation.
He mentioned the U.S. succeeded in its mission of bringing these answerable for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist assaults to justice and that remaining within the nation was not sustainable. If the U.S. would have stayed, Blinken mentioned, America could be again at conflict with the Taliban, which he mentioned is at its strongest since 2001.
“Remaining in Afghanistan for an additional one, 5, 10 years was not within the nationwide curiosity,” Blinken mentioned Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
His feedback come because the U.S. moves personnel from the U.S. embassy in Kabul to the town’s airport. Blinken mentioned the federal government’s high goal is the security of U.S. residents within the nation, which is why Biden licensed the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to help within the drawdown of U.S. personnel and different allied personnel.
Many have began evaluating Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan to America’s flight from Saigon throughout the Vietnam Warfare in 1975. Blinken pushed again towards that comparability.
“That is manifestly not Saigon,” Blinken mentioned Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
Blinken mentioned Biden had a “powerful resolution” to make after the Trump administration established a deadline of May 1 to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
“If the president had determined to remain, all gloves would have been off. We might have been again at conflict with the Taliban,” Blinken mentioned, including the U.S. would probably have needed to ship tens of 1000’s of extra troops to the nation to battle.
The Taliban’s swift strikes throughout the nation observe Biden in July saying that such a takeover of the country was “highly unlikely.”
Biden instructed reporters final week on the White Home that he didn’t remorse his resolution to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, successfully ending America’s longest conflict.
The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have value U.S. taxpayers greater than $1.57 trillion collectively since Sept. 11, 2001, in response to a Defense Department report.