The United States will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack, President Biden announced this Wednesday, turning the page on a conflict that has cost trillions of dollars and the lives of more than 2,300 American troops.
After decades of bloodshed & destruction, the withdrawal of United States troops will represents the most consequential decision that Biden has made since taking office, and will complete a process that began under the Obama administration.
Others oppose the United States decision
It’s a decision that makes good on a campaign pledge to ends “forever wars,” but carries significant political and national security risks, If Afghanistan backslides and intent attacking the United States, a concern raised by the Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the plan “a grave mistake.”
“Foreign terrorists will not leave the United States alone simply because our politicians have grown tired of taking the fight to them”, McConnell said from the Senate floor.
“Withdrawal of U.S. troops must be based on the facts on the ground, not arbitrary deadlines,” Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., tweeted.
The White House said the president will visit Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery following the speech, where United States service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq are buried.