All Senators to Receive Classified Information on Biden’s Troop Withdrawal Plan
All senators will receive a classified briefing today from Biden Administration officials on the president’s plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before 9/11.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck schumer confirmed the report in an interview with CNN this morning, saying it will allow all senators’ questions about the strategy to be answered.
The Democratic leader emphasized the importance of keeping September 11 as a strict deadline for withdrawing troops, rather than “kicking the road,” and Schumer said administration officials have agreed with him on that.
CNN presenter John berman noted that Schumer was critical of Donald trumpThe plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan, even calling it “incoherent policy.”
“I think President Biden has put together a thoughtful and careful plan,” Schumer said. “The president does not want endless wars. I don’t want endless wars. And neither are the American people. “
Schumer added: “It’s refreshing to have a well thought out plan with a set schedule, instead of the president waking up one morning, getting out of bed, saying whatever comes to mind, and then the generals having to back off. “
Joe bidenThe decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before 9/11 has drawn some criticism from within his own party.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the foreign relations committee said yesterday that she was “very disappointed” by the decision.
“Although this decision was made in coordination with our allies, the United States has sacrificed too much to bring stability to Afghanistan to leave without verifiable guarantees of a secure future,” the New Hampshire senator said in a statement. “It undermines our commitment to the Afghan people, particularly Afghan women.”
Republicans were much more direct with their criticism of the troop withdrawal decision, with Senator Lindsey graham calling the strategy “dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous”.
It is worth noting that Graham previously expressed some support for Donald trumpdecision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, although the senator has always said that he would still want some US presence in the country.
Amid peace talks with the Taliban last year, Graham, a close Trump ally, said he would “support any reasonable effort to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.”
He added: “However, any peace agreement must be sustainable, honorable and include protections for the American homeland against international terrorist organizations that are alive and well in Afghanistan.”
Biden to announce deadline for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.
Joe biden he will deliver a speech this afternoon outlining the way forward for the US military in Afghanistan.
The president is expected to announce that he will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before September 11 this year, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The news means Biden will not meet the withdrawal deadline of May 1 established by the Trump administration, although the withdrawal of troops is expected to begin in May.
So far, around 2,500 US soldiers remain in Afghanistan, as well as another 7,000 foreign soldiers from the NATO coalition, most of whom will also leave the country in September.
“We will remain by their side while we undergo this operation,” a senior Biden administration official said yesterday. “We went in together, we adjusted together and now we will prepare to leave together.”
The withdrawal decision has drawn some criticism from lawmakers from both parties, with several saying that the troop withdrawal will leave Afghans, particularly women, vulnerable to human rights abuses.
Speaking about a possible troop withdrawal last year, Biden said he would not be responsible for the repercussions of the US withdrawal on the Afghan people.
Biden said at the time, “My responsibility is to protect America’s national personal interests and not put our women and men in jeopardy to try to solve all the world’s problems through the use of force.”
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