- Former President George Bush regrets what happened in Afghanistan.
- He says that he and his wife feel “deep sadness.”
- “Our hearts are so heavy for the Afghan people.”
After the recent events registered in Afghanistan, former President George Bush regretted what happened and said that both he and the former first lady, Laura Bush, feel a “deep sadness“, according to the news site Reuters.
It was through a statement that the former president said the following: “Laura and I have been observing the tragic events that are unfolding in Afghanistan with deep sadness. Our hearts are heavy for the Afghan people who have suffered so much and for the Americans and NATO allies who have sacrificed so much.”
For his part, President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and blamed the Afghan government and military for the chaos that has been unleashed following the rapid advance of the Taliban and the capture of Kabul.
Rather than backing down, Biden stood firm in his intention to end the longest war in US history and rejected criticism from his Republican opponents and human rights organizations who accuse Washington of having abandoned the Afghan people.
“He completely reaffirmed my decision. After 20 years I have learned the hard way that there will never be a good time to withdraw US troops, “said the president in a speech to the nation from the White House and marked by a sharp defiant tone.
Surrounded by American flags, he reiterated his promise that he will not send more “sons” and “daughters” to fight in a “civil war” that the Afghans must solve and that is not in Washington’s national interest. Filed Under: George Bush in Afghanistan
George Bush in Afghanistan: WAR
He made reference to the Vietnam War, which was inherited by different US presidents for 20 years, and promised that now as head of state he will not pass this conflict on to his successor, as his predecessors did: the Republicans George W. Bush (2001-2009) and Donald Trump (2017-2021), as well as Democrat Barack Obama (2009-2017), in whose administration Biden served as vice president.
Likewise, Biden recalled that the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to prevent the Taliban regime from continuing to give refuge to Al Qaeda terrorists and to hunt down Osama Bin Laden, the “mastermind” of the September 11 attacks of that year. and that he died in a US operation in Pakistan in 2011. “Our mission should never have been to build a nation,” but to prevent terrorist attacks on US soil, he emphasized. Filed Under: George Bush in Afghanistan
SIGNAL THE GOVERNMENT AND THE AFGHAN ARMY
At no time did Biden assume responsibility for the chaos that has unleashed after the withdrawal of US troops, but he did acknowledge that the advance of the Taliban occurred “faster than expected.”
He blamed the Afghan government and army for this, in which Washington invested “more than a trillion dollars” to give him all the “tools” to deal with the insurgents, but which in many parts of the country surrendered without resistance.
“We gave them every possible opportunity to fight for their future. What we couldn’t give them was the will to fight for that future, ”Biden lamented. Likewise, in a tone that he had not used until now, he also harshly criticized the Afghan political class and the country’s president, Ashraf Ghani, who fled his country on Sunday.
And, on several occasions with particular emphasis, he affirmed: “American troops must not be fighting a war and dying in a war in which the Afghan forces are not willing to fight on their own.”
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