August 26, 2021

Taliban Orders Biden Out of Afghanistan By August 31

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
A Taliban spokesperson announced that Biden has until August 31st to remove all US military forces or face a “reaction”. The Biden administration has said that they are trying but may have to extend the deadline. Biden himself said they “hope” they can remove all US citizens by the deadline. This disaster in Afghanistan is not the first time Biden has presided over a failed withdrawal of troops.

The Background: 
In an interview with Sky News, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen announced a “red line” for the Biden administration: “President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that. If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations – the answer is no. Or there would be consequences.”

Biden responded by “hoping” that we could get all US troops out by that deadline but was uncertain whether it was possible.

He told the American people that the process would be “hard and painful” and to expect “the heartbreaking images you see on television”. 

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Biden has presided over a foreign policy nightmare. In 2011, Biden thanked then-President Obama for “for giving me the chance to end this goddamn war,” referring to the war in Iraq involving ISIS. Biden was in charge of the withdrawal of troops then, too.

By 2016, ISIS had completely rebuilt itself and killed more than 2,000 people across the globe.

Notable Quotes:
“Biden’s handling of Afghanistan reminds me, in many ways, of a husband who ruins his marriage and gets thrown out of the house. His wife decides to give him a second chance — but he blows it by making the same stupid mistakes. And the reality sets in: He is a two-time loser for a reason.” - Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush

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