Biden’s Precipitous Withdrawal from Afghanistan Could Be Setting US up for Another 9/11


President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the 2,500 U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan would be pulled out by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. That feels like a very arbitrary date and very well could be setting the United States up for a future disaster. It was former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who wrote in his 2014 memoir that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Gates has reaffirmed that assessment multiple times since. In 2012, Biden, by his own admission (though he’s tried to clarify since), opposed the raid of the previous year that took out the 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. The killing of Bin Laden was the most successful national security achievement of the Obama administration, and Biden was on the wrong side of it. The Washington Examiner has reported that not only Gates but also former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director Leon Panetta and former President Barack Obama himself are on record confirming Biden’s opposition to the raid.

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