Biden Encourages Pakistan to Assist Afghanistan in Announcement Regarding the End of ‘Forever War’

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, made an announcement on Wednesday stating that it is time for the country to put an end to the longest war it has waged. He said that America will be withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, where soldiers have been stationed for more than two decades engaged in a largely fruitless and bloody battle against terrorist groups. 

Dubbed as the ‘forever war’, this onslaught by the US Military was initiated in Afghanistan in the year 2001, in response to the terrorist attacks in the United States on the 11th of September in that year. 

It has been 20 years to the battle, which has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Afghanis, as well as 2,400 soldiers of the US Military. Biden announced that September 11th of 2021 will be the date when the last of the US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan. 

While giving a nationally televised address, the President of the United States asserted that the country had been successful in achieving its original mission of putting an end to the international jihadist groups that had caused the 9/11 attacks. According to him, with each passing year, it is becoming unclear as to why the US Military is still positioned in Afghanistan. 

Biden did, however, make it clear that their exit will not be hasty despite how adamant he is to pull the troops back. He went on to add that a horrific attack that took place 20 years ago, should not dictate the actions of the American soldiers today, in the year 2021. In his words, it is high time to put an end to the forever war. 

Experts have speculated that the conflict between Afghanistan and America is a stalemate, at best. The government in Kabul is internationally-backed and has tenuous control in limited areas of the country. Meanwhile, the Taliban are steadily growing in strength. Many have predicted that the insurgency will try to regain total power over the country as soon as the US Military withdraws its support of the government. 

Biden said that it is time that the people of the world accept reality and realize that there is no alternative. He asserted that the country cannot continue the cycle of expanding and extending its military presence in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. 

He recalled how he is the fourth President of the United States to be presiding over the presence of US troops in Afghanistan. Two of these presidents were Republicans and the other two were Democrats. Thus, Biden does not want a fifth President to carry this responsibility. 

The President went on to refer to Pakistan, saying that it should also play a role in helping Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops. He expressed that the former, which is closely linked to the Taliban itself, can certainly do more to show support to Afghanistan and ensure that terrorist insurgencies do not take control.