"We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the nineteenth, the Soviets in the twentieth".
"I'm concerned about us leaving a void in Afghanistan".
While Biden is being pilloried by some for pulling out too soon, the truth is that he is violating a May 1 deadline for us troop withdrawal that was painstakingly negotiated under the Trump Administration.
The intelligence assessments were first reported by The New York Times and prompted candidate Biden to repeatedly charge that Trump had abandoned USA troops by not forcefully responding to the intelligence assessments.
The senator said another factor behind the troop pullout from Afghanistan was shaped by the U.S. and its coalition partners inability to develop an Afghan government that could gain the confidence of the people, especially beyond the cities, and provide basic services including security, education, health care, and justice.
She noted that new terrorist organizations have popped up across the country since the US-led invasion almost two decades ago.
There is no question that Al Qaeda has been degraded following almost two decades of Western counterterrorism operations.
As Prof. Zaland concluded, "The U.S. stands defeated in its longest war, but no one will ever accept defeat". Nor did Biden admit that, in two decades, the United States and its allies have been unable to build up a stable, democratic, popular government or a competent military in the country.
Michael Kugelman is the deputy director of the Asia Program at the US -based Wilson Center. He is going against the advice of the USA intelligence community and top Pentagon officials, including the head of the U.S.
Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jack Reed, on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, said "a crucial factor contributing immensely to the Taliban's success" has been the inability of the U.S. to "eliminate the sanctuary the Taliban was granted in Pakistan".
Biden is also coming under attack from Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Senator Mitch McConnell artfully slammed Biden's decision, accusing him of helping US enemies "ring in the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by gift-wrapping the country and handing it right back to them".
According to Sediq, "The U.S. troops were not trained to understand and respect Afghan people's culture and religion". The U.S. air war did.
On Wednesday, President Biden announced the end to our country's longest war - 20 years - as he will begin to withdraw troops from Afghanistan beginning May 1.
Biden said USA objectives in Afghanistan had become "increasingly unclear" over the past decade and set a deadline for withdrawing all US troops remaining in Afghanistan by September 11, exactly two decades after al Qaeda's attacks on the United States that triggered the war. A US -backed government has held power since then, although the Taliban have control over wide areas of the country.
USA envoy Zalmay Khalilzad spent years of his life negotiating with the Taliban to arrive at the 2020 withdrawal agreement.
Blinken's proposal infuriated Afghan officials, who have long expressed frustration with the U.S. peace efforts - starting with the Trump administration's decision to move ahead with U.S. -Taliban talks that excluded the government.
Even with all that money spent and with ongoing training efforts, the Afghan forces are plagued by poor leadership, desertions and incompetence.
President Joe Biden speaks about Russia Thursday. It was not impossible to meet the May 1 deadline.
Both agreed on the idea that it's time for the United States to focus on the issues plaguing its people. "We are well prepared for this withdrawal and for the redeployment of our troops".
"We believe there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and a negotiated political solution through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process is important for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan". Without a presence on the ground in Afghanistan, the U.S.is going to find it extremely hard to monitor and disrupt emerging terrorist threats.
Ghani's government has been denounced for corruption and politics that divides people.
"There's a lot of opportunity for a civil war", warned Sediq, adding "There are many political figures and factions willing to fight amongst each other to gain power".
Even as Blinken visited Kabul, the Taliban reiterated a call for an "immediate" withdrawal of all foreign forces, accusing Washington of breaching a February 2020 accord - secured by the Trump administration - to complete a US troop pullout by May 1.
We must hope that, in the coming months, the United Nations will find a way to bring the warring parties in Afghanistan together and craft a ceasefire and a workable peace process based on power sharing.