US President Joe Biden has delivered a speech to the American nation regarding the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the nearly 20-year war, in which 2,448 US service personnel and 3,846 US military contractors were killed and which cost the United States at least $2.4 trillion.
Here are the most striking remarks he made on Tuesday.
‘An Extraordinary Success’
The US president called the US evacuation mission in Afghanistan “an extraordinary success”, though it has been widely criticized both by Democrats and Republicans, and even triggered calls for Biden and the US military leadership to resign.
“The bottom line, 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden underscored.
Biden said he was not going to extend the forever war or a forever exit from Afghanistan, and that he disagrees with those who say the evacuations could have been done in a more orderly fashion.
“I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit,” Biden said. “Now some say we should have started mass evacuations sooner, and couldn’t this have been done in a more orderly manner. I respectfully disagree.”
The chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan was also marked by deadly terrorist attacks in the Kabul…