White House: Biden won't declare 'mission accomplished' as Afghanistan withdraw mostly complete

White House: Biden won't declare 'mission accomplished' as Afghanistan withdraw mostly complete


President Joe Biden’s remarks about the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 20 years won’t be celebratory, or include a George W. Bush-like “mission accomplished moment,” as the Taliban strengthen their grip on the war-torn country.

Biden will instead explain his decision to pull out all U.S. military personnel and equipment before Sept. 11, according to press secretary Jen Psaki. Instead, the president’s speech will outline “the security challenges he inherited in Afghanistan,” she said.

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“The status quo was not sustainable,” she told reporters Thursday.

Biden had considered national security interests as greater threats are now being posed from places such as Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, rather than Afghanistan, Psaki said.

“He is not going to ask another generation of kids to go and serve in Afghanistan in a war he does not think can be won militarily,” she added. She went on to decline

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