Kabul: Dismissing criticism of Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US completed its goals of ensuring the country doesn’t become a haven for terror attacks and killing Osama bin Laden.
“America went to Afghanistan 20 years ago, and we went because we were attacked on 9/11, and we went to take on those who had attacked us on 9/11, and to make sure that Afghanistan would not again become a haven for terrorism directed at the United States or any of our allies and partners,” Blinken said.
The country’s top diplomat said that al-Qaeda has been “significantly degraded” and its ability to attack the US as it did on September 11 from Afghanistan “is not there”.
“And of course, Osama bin Laden was brought to justice 10 years ago,” he said.
Blinken argued that terrorist organizations have spread to other parts of the globe and the Biden administration has other pressing issues to deal with at the same time.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Trump pal, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), both attacked Biden for saying he’d withdraw troops. Graham even called it a “disaster in the making.
There were reports that even his generals wanted Biden to leave a residual force or consider withdrawing after a peace agreement was signed. However, many lawmakers were of the opinion that it was finally time for the US to end the war in Afghanistan.