Joe Biden- Crisis in Afghanistan: US President Joe Biden has said that despite the Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan, he sees a greater threat from al Qaeda and its affiliated groups in other countries . At the same time, Biden said it was not “rational” to continue to focus on US military might in Afghanistan. Biden made the remarks in an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We have to focus on where the greatest danger is,” he said.
“And the idea that we can continue to spend billions of dollars, and that there are thousands of American troops in Afghanistan, when we have North Africa and West Africa before us. .. the idea that we can do it and these increasing numbers, ”he said. Problems can be ignored, that is not rational. “
Biden named Syria and East Africa as places where ISIS poses a “significantly greater threat” than Afghanistan. He said ISIS has spread a lot. He said the United States did not have a strong military presence in a place like Syria, but had the ability to drive them out.
His remarks come at a time when the Biden administration has come under heavy criticism for the timing of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban’s rapid control of Afghanistan has led to chaos and thousands of Afghan and American citizens are trying to get out of it as quickly as possible.
Biden also played down concerns about the treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan, saying attempts to protect women’s rights around the world with military force are “not rational.” Instead, those who violate human rights should be given “diplomatic and international pressure” to change their behavior.
About 15,000 Americans were there after the Taliban took full control of Afghanistan last week. Biden said in the same interview that he is committed to keeping US troops in Afghanistan until all Americans are withdrawn. Even if it means maintaining a military presence beyond the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of American troops.
When asked how the administration would help evacuate U.S. citizens after August 31, Biden said, “If there are any U.S. citizens left, we’re going to stay there until they’re all evacuated.” A White House official said on Wednesday that the US military had safely evacuated around 6,000 people since Saturday.