On Saturday, as conditions rapidly deteriorated in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden announced he was sending troops there to evacuate “U.S. personnel and other allied personnel, and an orderly and safe evacuation of Afghans who helped our troops during our mission and those at special risk from the Taliban advance.”
However, he announced he wasn’t going to do anything to stop the Taliban from running roughshod over the country and didn’t appear to back any attempt to stem the chaos from an ill-planned withdrawal.
“America went to Afghanistan 20 years ago to defeat the forces that attacked this country on September 11th. That mission resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden over a decade ago and the degradation of al Qaeda,” Biden said in a statement.
“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country,” Biden added.
In a news release on Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Biden’s statement for its “clarity of purpose” and the president himself on his “actions.” One paragraph later, she announced she was “deeply concerned about reports regarding the Taliban’s brutal treatment of all Afghans, especially women and girls.”
“The President is to be commended for the clarity of purpose of his statement on Afghanistan and the actions he has taken,” Pelosi said in the statement.