As previously reported by Human Events News, Joe Biden gave an address Monday on why withdrawing U.S. troops after 20 years of war in Afghanistan benefits American interests.
His speech simply missed the point.
It is no secret that a majority of Americans support withdrawing troops from America’s longest standing foreign war. However, they are upset with the means in which the withdrawal was done.
The speed and efficiency demonstrated by the Taliban is something never seen before, and Biden himself admitted that.
In his address, he said his administration was caught off guard.
“The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated,” he said, which most Americans would agree with.
The rest of the address, however, failed to address the botched exit and served as a reminder that Biden has been inconsistent on his Afghanistan policies, Just the News reports.
In 2009, Biden opposed the military surge that military leaders proposed and Obama authorized, one now credited with quieting the insurgency that killed countless soldiers with IEDs and blue on green attacks from 2007 to 2010.
Biden also was against the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
During most of his speech, Biden revised his own personal history when it came to using the military for nation building.
“Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building,” he said. “It was never supposed to be creating a unified, centralized democracy.”
That statement ignored the fact that during his time in the Senate, Biden co-sponsored the first multibillion dollar nation-building legislation in 2002.
“Perhaps the most important question, however, is one of commitment,” Biden argued in sponsoring the law. “Will we stay the course and build security in Afghanistan, or will we permit the country to relapse into chaos?”
He frequently doubled down on nation building as an essential way to prevent turmoil in Afghanistan.
He also, during his speech, celebrated the killing of bin Laden without mentioning his previous opposition to the mission.