"We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago," Biden will say, according to excerpts of his speech released by the White House. "That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021."
Biden is set to announce in a speech scheduled for 2:15 p.m. EDT at the White House that all 2,500 U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan will be withdrawn no later than Sept. 11. By pulling out without a clear victory, the United States opens itself to criticism that a withdrawal represents a de facto admission of failure.
"I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats," Biden will say. "I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth."
"It is time to end America's longest war. It is time for American troops to come home," he will say.
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