(Editor’s Note: It has long been the editorial position of SOFREP that our continued presence in Afghanistan was untenable from any military and foreign policy standpoint. We welcomed the decision by the Trump administration when it announced in January 2021 that U.S. troops would be leaving the country in the very near future. When the Biden administration came into office it seemed determined to revoke, countermand, or otherwise repeal every action taken by the previous administration. We were concerned this would also include reversing the Afghanistan withdrawal simply because former President Trump was in favor of it. We support the decision of President Biden to put partisan rancor aside and carry through on this promise made by President Trump. Because it’s just the right thing to do.)
Overriding the protests of Pentagon generals, President Joe Biden has decided that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan. Picking an auspicious day he stated that all the U.S. will withdraw by September 11. The withdrawal will begin on May 1.
President Biden, speaking to the media on Wednesday, said that keeping troops in Afghanistan past this summer “makes no sense to me.”
“With the terror threat now in many places, keeping thousands of troops grounded and concentrated in just one country at a cost of billions each year makes no sense to me, and our leaders,” Biden added.