On Wednesday, news broke that Joe Biden was going to continue Trump’s quest to end the forever war in Afghanistan.
Whereas Trump made a deal with the Taliban to be out of Afghanistan by May 1, Joe Biden stated he would still remove the troops, but it will not be done until September.
When Trump made this decision, there was pushback on both sides of the aisle, and Joe Biden is getting the same response, with his new CIA boss, William Burns, already blasting the decision.
The one benefit that would clearly remain in place if we maintained a presence would be information gathering.
Once we have a full withdrawal, our intelligence agencies lose major assets in place and information gathered by troops on daily missions.
To that point, CIA Director William Burns stated, “When the time comes for the U.S. military to withdraw, the U.S. government’s ability to collect and act on threats will diminish. That’s simply a fact.”
He added, “So all of that, to be honest, means that there is a significant risk once the U.S. military and the coalition militaries withdraw.”
Pushback and Support
Biden is getting both pushback and support from his fellow Democrats.
One of the more amusing responses was by Senator Schumer (D-N.Y.), who openly criticized every move made by Trump.
After Biden made his call, Schumer stated, “This isn’t President Trump waking up one morning and announcing a random new policy on Twitter while generals scrambled to catch up.”
Pretty funny statement since ending forever wars was part of Trump’s campaign, but I digress.
Speaking out against the move was Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who stated that a full withdrawal “undermines our commitment to the Afghan people, particularly Afghan women.”
On the Republican side, those that were against the move when Trump wanted to do it are really making noise now, and that is only going to get louder.
For instance, Senator McConnell (R-KY) called the 9/11 deadline “bizarre,” as well as stating, “Apparently we are to help our adversaries ring in the anniversary of the September 11 attacks by gift-wrapping the country and handing it right back to them.”
Stay tuned on this one because this issue is far from over.
Source: Fox News