Biden comments on withdrawal from Afghanistan

(Washington) After the military and diplomats, a solemn staging to restore a weakened commander in chief: Joe Biden speaks on Tuesday about the humiliating end of the American intervention in Afghanistan, a decision he has never denied.

Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Aurélia END Agence France-Presse

The President wanted to take his time before speaking. The schedule of his speech on Tuesday has also been postponed by more than an hour from the original program, and Joe Biden will finally have to show up at 2:45 p.m. in the State Dining Room, the reception room, unless there is further delay from the White House.

Almost 24 hours have passed since General Kenneth McKenzie announced the end of America’s longest war.

Joe Biden then gave Secretary of State Antony Blinken an early warning on Monday of efforts to enable remaining US citizens and other allies, Afghans and foreigners, to leave a country now in the US Taliban.

Weakened commander in chief

After the general, the diplomat and the historic photo of the last American soldier who got on a plane in Kabul at night, the White House wanted to stage Joe Biden very solemnly, this “commander in chief”, whom the American presidents willingly adorn themselves with, very shaken .

Joe Biden never broke his decision to end twenty years of military intervention, and never reversed the schedule, even as the withdrawal became a humiliation for the world’s leading power.

As he kept saying, “I am the President of the United States and in the end I will take over. ”

The US military left Afghanistan in Kabul one minute before the start of August 31, a deadline set by Joe Biden.

However, nothing went as planned. The American president and his administration initially seemed paralyzed by the meteoric advance of the Taliban. It will be some time before Americans forget the long silence of Joe Biden, who holed himself up in front of his video conference screens in the Camp David vacation home when Kabul trembled and then fell.

The White House then tried to regain control by communicating relentlessly about the gigantic air evacuation operation for 120,000 people.

The Biden administration also hammered very quickly that no, there could be no question of a return. Even after an attack in Kabul last week killed 13 US soldiers.

Turn the page

It remains to be seen what effect this disastrous end to the war in Afghanistan will have on the rest of Biden’s presidency.

The 78-year-old Democrat, who is not considered a great speaker, tackled a dangerous exercise on Tuesday.

On the one hand, after the first real crisis in his presidency, he will certainly want to turn the page.

But then again, Joe Biden can’t go too fast.

Not when the Americans are still thinking of the young faces of those soldiers who are sometimes hardly older than the war in Afghanistan itself, who fell in Kabul.

Not when the United States still has between 100 and 200 nationals to evacuate, relying only on the diplomatic channel and the promises of the Taliban.

Almost twenty years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Joe Biden too has to convince his fellow citizens that Afghanistan will not again become a base from which attacks against the USA can be launched.

For the majority of experts, however, the Democrat will in the long run be measured by his promises of prosperity for the American middle class, not by his qualities as a warlord.

In other words, Joe Biden’s tenure will ultimately play out less in Kabul than in the halls of Congress.

Complicated negotiations will take place here over the next few weeks to complete two major projects by the President: a major infrastructure rehabilitation plan and a series of new social spending.

The total bill could flirt at $ 5 trillion.

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