Trump Warned Hasty Withdrawal from Afghanistan Would Have Consequences 4 Years Ago
Trump proved right again
President Donald Trump warned that a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan would have consequences almost four years ago despite Joe Biden's attempts to deflect the blame on him.
Trump delivered a speech at Fort Myer in Virginia outlining his strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia,
Trump said the nation must seek an “honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices” and warned that a “hasty” withdrawal could create a vacuum for terrorists, which has now happened under Biden.
Biden's recent disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan has once again proved Trump right.
During Trump's 2017 speech, he said:
I arrived at three fundamental conclusions about America’s core interests in Afghanistan.
First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win.
Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.
And, as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for and bled to liberate, and won, were occupied by a terrorist group called ISIS. The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit, and launch attacks. We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.
Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan — the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world.
For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.
No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions. When I became President, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into: big and intricate problems. But, one way or another, these problems will be solved — I’m a problem solver — and, in the end, we will win.
Recently, Trump demanded Biden "apologize to the whole world" for the "disaster."
Trump made the comments during a call-in with Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney.
His appearance aired on cable just hours before Biden's address to the nation following the final departure of U.S. troops after the 20-year war.
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Trump ripped Biden's execution of the withdrawal, which included a chaotic exit and a terror attack that resulted in the loss of lives of 13 U.S. troops.
Neon Nettle recently reported that the Biden administration handed over a "kill list" to the Taliban that includes the names of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies who are still strapped in terrorist-controlled Afghanistan.
"Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list," a Department of Defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Politico.
Trump also called for “unequivocal military force” against the Taliban if they refuse to return the billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded weaponry left behind by the Biden administration.