With two decades of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, four presidents share at least some of the blame for the deadly Kabul disaster last week, a retired army general said.
But one of those presidents – Barack Obama – missed a “moment of transition” out of the Asian nation nearly a decade ago, extending the time of US troops in the country by another 10 years, said retired major general Dana Pittard.
Afghanistan was “the place where al-Qaeda devised the plan to strike America and the Twin Towers. We went there for the right reasons,” Pittard recalled last week in an interview with Border Report. , just two weeks before the United States turns 20. terrorist attacks claimed some 3,000 lives in New York City, the Washington, DC area and a field in western Pennsylvania.
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It was former President George W. Bush who launched the operation in Afghanistan, in response to the terrorist attacks, because the Asian nation was seen as a haven for terrorists.
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“(But) at some point, maybe when Osama (bin Laden) was killed, it was probably time to make the transition” out of Afghanistan, Pittard told Border Report.
“At some point, maybe when Osama (bin Laden) was killed, it was probably time to make the transition.”
US forces eventually tracked down and killed Bin Laden, the Saudi mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, under the Obama administration.
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President Biden at the time was Obama’s vice president and frequently reminded voters of the success of Bin Laden’s mission when the Obama-Biden team sought and won re-election in 2012.
“Bin Laden is dead, GM is alive,” became a familiar refrain from Biden during campaign shutdowns, as Democrats touted both revenge for the 9/11 dead and a rebound in the US economy this year. the.
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But instead of making plans to phase out the operation in Afghanistan, the United States remained involved there – until a second term for Obama, and then until the term of former President Donald. Trump, before Biden finally decided to bring American troops home – a move that emboldened the Taliban. and led to the terrorist attack last Thursday in Kabul, for which an ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility.
Obama posted a series of messages on Twitter on Friday in reaction to Thursday’s Kabul attacks.
“Our hearts go out to the families who have lost a loved one and to all who continue the mission in Kabul,” Obama wrote in a message. “We also think of the families of the deceased Afghans, many of whom supported America and were willing to risk anything for a chance at a better life.”
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