In a speech one year ago Thursday, President Biden assured Americans he had a plan to safely withdraw the U.S. from Afghanistan.
WHAT HE SAID
“We will not conduct a hasty rush to the exit,” Biden said in the April 14, 2021 White House address explaining why and how he would be ending the 20-year U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
- In remarks July 8, Biden said U.S. troops were “swiftly” leaving the country in a “secure and orderly way,” “But the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”
- During separate appearances Aug. 19 and 20, Biden directly stated that no American citizens or Afghan allies would be left behind.
By Aug. 15, the Afghan government and military had collapsed, and the Taliban had seized control of Kabul, the Afghan capital.
- The Biden administration was forced to redeploy thousands of U.S. troops and negotiate with the Taliban to try to air lift all NATO personnel from the Kabul airport.
- On Aug. 26, during the chaotic airlift, a suicide bombing killed 11 Marines, a Navy corpsman and more than 70 Afghan civilians.
- Hundreds of U.S. citizens, thousands of U.S. legal permanent residents and tens of thousands of Afghan allies remained in the Taliban-controlled country after the last fight departed Aug. 30.
- The U.S. also left billions of dollars of U.S. weaponry to the Taliban.
Biden has continued to defend his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, calling it an “extraordinary success” in an October speech.
THE LAST WORD
Former President Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on air Wednesday “the greatest embarrassment in the history of our country was the way we surrendered in Afghanistan.”