On April 13, President Biden announced that he plans to withdraw all U.S. Troops out of Afghanistan by September 11th.
Ever since October 7th 2001, we have had troops deployed into Afghanistan and the Middle East. The United States first deployed troops into the Middle East after the 9/11 attacks when Al-Qaeda hijacked planes and crashed into the twin towers, the pentagon, and other points of interest killing over 3,000 Americans.
Biden’s plan to withdraw troops has some drama behind it like all things do. His deadline of September 11th is after the May 1st date that the Trump Administration had previously agreed upon with the Taliban, and the Taliban had promised to renew attacks on the US and NATO if we are not out by May 1st, but it is unclear if they actually will.
The overwhelming majority of Americans, can all agree that we have been in Afghanistan for too long. We have spent trillions of dollars, but most importantly, lost 2,000 US service members in the war. If somebody doesn’t pull troops at some point, the war will never end, but we are going to keep fighting forever.
After 20 years of fighting and nothing being resolved, it should be a no brainer to start pulling troops, and we are long overdue.
“I am now the fourth United States president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth” Biden said during his address.