George W. Bush warns US withdrawal from Afghanistan will have ‘unbelievably bad’ consequences
Former United States president George W. Bush has actually identified America’s choice to withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan a “mistake”, stating it will cause “unbelievably bad” repercussions.
Mr Bush was the president who took the United States to war in Afghanistan after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Now, twenty years later on, the United States and its allies are leaving.
In an interview with the German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle, released today, Mr Bush was asked to assess Germany’s outbound Chancellor Angela Merkel, who’s been in power considering that 2005.
At one point he raised Afghanistan, stating Ms Merkel “saw the progress that could be made” for ladies and women in the nation through the West’s participation.
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“It’s unbelievable how that society changed from the brutality of the Taliban,” he stated.
“And now all of a sudden, sadly, I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm.”
“Is it a mistake to withdraw?” asked recruiter Ines Pohl.
“You know, I think it is, yeah. Because I think the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad,” stated Mr Bush.
“And I’m sad. Laura and I spend a lot of time with Afghan women, and they’re scared. And I think about all the interpreters and people who helped not only US troops, but NATO troops, and it seems like they’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people. And it breaks my heart.”
Coincidentally, today the Biden administration revealed it would begin evacuation flights for Afghans who helped the United States armed force in the recently of July.
The flights, arranged as part of Operation Allies Refuge, are readily available for Afghans who are qualified to obtain unique immigrant visas.
In April, President Joe Biden set September 11 as the due date for all United States soldiers to leave Afghanistan, precisely twenty years after the terrorist attacks that triggered America’s intrusion of the nation.
“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result,” he stated.
“It is time to end America’s longest war. It is time for American troops to come home.”
When Mr Biden provided that order, there were formally 2500 soldiers and 16,000 personal professionals still inAfghanistan According to reports, there were likewise some 1000 unique forces soldiers running in the nation at the time who were not consisted of in the tally.
The President guaranteed America’s “diplomatic and humanitarian work” in Afghanistan would continue, even without its military participation.
Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, formerly struck a handle the Taliban for United States soldiers to leave by May 1. The Biden administration concluded that strategy was impractical.
Last week Mr Biden accelerated his timeline, stating the objective in Afghanistan would be over by the end of August.
Speaking from the East Room in the White House, he safeguarded the choice to leave.
“Let me ask those who wanted us to stay: How many more? How many thousands more of America’s daughters and sons are you willing to risk? How long would you have them stay?” the President asked.
Questioned by press reporters, Mr Biden firmly insisted the objective to Afghanistan “hasn’t failed, yet”.
In current months, as the United States and NATO forces have actually been settling their exit, the Taliban has actually been winning on the battleground.