Joe Biden dismisses Taliban as ‘yesterday’s threats’ as Afghans face executions and rapes amid jihadi carnage
PRESIDENT Joe Biden has dismissed the Taliban as "yesterday's threats" while Afghans face brutal executions and rapes under their totalitarian rule.
Biden said he ‘stands squarely behind’ his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as he addressed the nation after days of silence.
In a televised address to the nation, he said: "Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation building. It was never supposed to be creating a unified centralized democracy."
"Our only interest in Afghanistan remains today what it has always been, preventing a terrorist attack on America's homeland.
"I have argued for many years that our mission should be narrowly focused on counterterrorism, not counterinsurgency or nation-building.
"That's why I opposed the surge when it was proposed in 2009 when I was vice president.
"That's why as president, I am adamant that we focus on the threats we face today in 2021, not yesterday's threats.
"Today, the terrorist threat has metastasized well beyond Afghanistan."
The President's comments come as Afghans desperately attempt to flee the war-torn country – with thousands risking their lives in the process.
Residents have been left to fend for themselves while Taliban gangs set their sights on children as young as TWELVE as they hunt for sex slaves.
Chilling reports emerged in the wake of Kabul's capture, suggesting the terror group are forcing females into marriage and demanding lists of women and girls.
Under their oppressive rule in the 90s, women were brutalized with cruel tortures and public executions – and it seems jihadists want to return to those ways.
Taliban warlords reportedly view unmarried – or widowed – women and girls aged 12 to 45 as "qhanimat", spoils of war to be divided amongst their fighters.
Biden was criticized for dismissing the increasingly dire situation after already coming under fire for removing troops in the first place.
But he defiantly told reporters that he stands squarely behind his decision to withdraw U.S. forces and that the government's collapse was quicker than anticipated.
Speaking about the chaotic situation in Afghanistan, Biden said Monday that he faced a choice between an agreement to withdraw U.S. forces or send thousands more U.S. troops back in for a third decade of war.
Biden spoke after the planned withdrawal of American forces turned deadly at Kabul's airport as thousands tried to flee following the Taliban's swift takeover of the government.
He added that he will not repeat the mistakes of the past.
"I stand squarely behind my decision", Biden said in a televised address to the nation from the White House East Room.
"After 20 years, I've learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces."
He added that the decision to leave Afghanistan is the right one for America.
He said: "The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. So what's happened?
"Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country."
He added that the U.S. could not provide Afghan forces "with the will to fight" for the future.
The President told Americans…
- The US’ 20-year mission was not about “nation building” but hunting down al Qaeda
- Americans should not be “dying in a war that Afghans are not willing to fight themselves”
- Taliban has been warned that any attacks on the US will met with “devastating force”
- Taliban’s rapid advance in Afghanistan "unfolded more quickly than we anticipated”
He also said that the Afghan government failed to take his advice and negotiate a political settlement with the Taliban.
“Mr Ghani insisted that the Afghan forces would fight. But obviously he was wrong.”
During his speech, he told Americans that "the buck stops here" and he will not "pass the responsibility [of removing troops from Afghanistan] to a fifth president."
POTUS also threatened "devastating force" against the Taliban if they interfere with US plans of removing troops and allies from the country, a decision he strongly stands behind.
He added: "I will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country's civil war."
Biden described the images coming out of Afghanistan especially at the airport in Kabul, where Afghans descended in hopes of fleeing the country as "gut-wrenching."
Video of Afghans clinging to a U.S. Air Force plane as it prepared to take off had circulated widely on the internet.
Biden said Monday the U.S. will continue to support the Afghan people, push for regional diplomacy and speak out for the rights of Afghans.
He ended his speech by asking God to "protect our troops and our diplomats."
Yesterday Biden was nowhere to be seen in Washington DC, instead leaving for Camp David, the presidential retreat, on Thursday and remains there.
Biden’s critics lined up to take aim at the underfire president saying he was in “hiding” or “on vacation”.
Biden’s decision to completely withdraw from Afghanistan has undone 20 years of work and people’s lives, according to his critics, who also say it has opened up the likelihood of a humanitarian crisis and damaged US credibility.
The withdraw from the country has been widely compared to the US evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.
Meanwhile Former President Donald Trump has demanded Biden resign over the Taliban's advances in Afghanistan.
And yesterday Boris Johnson blamed the US for the advancement of the Taliban in Afghanistan claiming President Biden "accelerated" their control.
The Prime Minister said the "difficult" situation had been exacerbated by the President's decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.
In the wake of a Cobra meeting on Sunday afternoon, Mr Johnson said it was "fair to say the US decision to pull out has accelerated things, but this has in many ways been a chronicle of an event foretold."
He urged the West to come together to stop Afghanistan again becoming a "breeding ground for terrorism" after the Defence Select Committee chairman warned of terrorist attacks on the West "on the scale of 9/11."
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