Biden Is Making a Mistake by Leaving Afghanistan, Lindsey Graham Says

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    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the president is making a mistake by announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

    “The result of this decision today by President Biden is this cancel an insurance policy that, in my view, would prevent another 9/11,” said Graham on Capitol HIll.

    “I believe with all my heart and soul, after 50 something trips to the region that a few thousand Americans watching over there would make it hard for al Qaeda and ISIS to reorganize, to hit us over here. Those eyes and ears will be gone.”

    President Joe Biden announced Wednesday his plans to withdraw remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 attacks “cannot explain” why American forces should still be there 20 years after the deadliest terror assault on the United States.

    His plan is to pull out all the American forces – numbering 2,500 now – by this Sept. 11, according to U.S. officials. That is the anniversary of the attacks, which were coordinated from Afghanistan.

    The U.S. cannot continue to pour resources into an intractable war and expect different results, Biden says in excerpts released ahead of an afternoon address in which he intends to detail his withdrawal timeline.

    The drawdown would begin rather than conclude by May 1, which has been the deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year.

    He’s long been skeptical about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

    As Barack Obama’s vice president, Biden was a lonely voice in the administration who advised the 44th president to tilt towards a smaller counterterrorism role in the country while military advisers were urging a troop buildup to counter Taliban gains.

    Biden has also made clear he wants to recalibrate U.S. foreign policy to face bigger challenges posed by China and Russia.

    Withdrawing all U.S. troops comes with clear risks. It could boost the Taliban’s effort to claw back power and undo gains toward democracy and women’s rights made over the past two decades.

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