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President Joe Biden Addresses Afghanistan Withdrawal & Collapse of Afghan Government

President Joe Biden Addresses Afghanistan Withdrawal & Collapse of Afghan Government

President Joe Biden has addressed the situation in Afghanistan in a new speech on Monday (August 16).

After announcing that U.S. Troops would be starting to withdraw from the nation this week, chaos erupted in the country, with the Taliban taking most of what was under U.S. control over.

The Afghan government collapsed in mere hours, and many tried to feel the country by hanging on to soaring planes.

Click inside to see what Biden said about the Afghanistan collapse…

President Biden told press that he defends his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

“I stand squarely behind my decision,” he stated. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.”

He did acknowledge that the collapse “did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.”

President Biden also touched on who or what to blame in the takeover of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

“The buck stops with me,” he said, however, did add that much of the blame for the situation on the Afghan government. He said some had not fled sooner because they did not want to trigger a “crisis of confidence,” or still had hope for their government.

“We gave them every chance to determine their future,” Biden added. “What we could not provide them was the will to fight for that future.”

The President announced months ago that the U.S. would honor its commitment to withdraw from the country, with a complete departure by September 11.

Watch Biden‘s full speech below:

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