Biden Plans to Withdraw All U.S. Forces From Afghanistan


Zoey McCarty

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw combat troops from the Middle East by the 20th anniversary of September 11. The decision to remove all  troops from the Middle East was decided because “The War of Terror” has cost the nation over trillions of dollars, there has been an increase of racial/religious attacks, and the lives of 2,300 troops have been lost according to CNN. Biden does not want the war to continue to affect Americans’ lives.


“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal and expecting a different result,” President Biden said in a press conference at the White House


There have been mixed feelings about  the U.S. forces leaving Afghanistan because of  some beliefs that another international terrorist attack could hit American soil 20 years after the 9/11 attacks.  There are concerns over Biden’s decision of removing forces from the Middle East because of the January 6 attacks against the nation’s capital. 


“It will be a transition because we still have vital interests in protecting against terrorist attacks that could be emanating from that area, But there are other places in the world, too, where you have to be conscious,” Democratic Senator Jack Reed said in a statement on Capitol Hill. 


The Republican party has problems with President Biden’s decision of the U.S. removing armed forces believing this is a grave mistake on behalf of the United States and safety for citizens. They believe that removing armed forces from the Middle East would have consequences that would backfire against the nation and leadership of Biden.


“Precipitously withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan is a grave mistake. It is a retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished and abdication of American leadership,” Republican Senator Mitch McConnell said. 


Now, Lawmakers are divided between Biden’s decision to remove forces from Afghanistan and cause an uproar about conflict with the nation. 


“I’m very disappointed in @POTUS’ decision to set a Sept. deadline to walk away from Afghanistan. Although this decision was made in coordination w/our allies, the U.S. has sacrificed too much to bring stability to Afghanistan to leave w/o verifiable assurances of a secure future,” Democratic Senator Jeanne Shahenn said in a statement on Twitter. 


Biden believes removing troops from Afghanistan can put an end to America’s longest war  and didn’t want the U.S. to continue fighting the war to expect results. Biden wants to create harmony and peace in Americans once again. 


“I am now the fourth United States president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth,”  Biden said