Under President Trump, plans were put into place to finally remove all U.S. troops after the failed war in Afghanistan.
Thousands of lives destroyed.
Trillions of taxpayer dollars wasted.
And little has changed in Afghanistan after 20 years.
Last year, a peace deal was signed between the U.S. and the Taliban for all troops to exit the country by May 26th.
But as the deadline approaches, the Biden Administration claims that “logistics” stand in the way of meeting the deadline.
And the Taliban has already stated they will take action against the U.S. military for failure to adhere to the signed agreement.
The Biden Administration is playing chicken with the lives of U.S. soldiers and risking more chaos in the Middle East.
Many civilians and politicians are ready for this failed and longest war in U.S. history to finally come to an end.
Zero Hedge reported:
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said that the Biden administration plans to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 26th deadline set by the US-Taliban peace deal that was signed last year.
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“It’s a general feeling that May 1 is too soon, just logistically,” Smith said at a panel on Wednesday, according to Responsible Statecraft. Smith cited conversations he had with administration officials. “You cannot pull out ten thousand plus troops in any sort of reasonable way in just six weeks,” he said.
Smith said the Biden administration wants to “negotiate past May 1” with the Taliban. “Job one is to try to get back in to talk to the Taliban about at least giving us more time,” he said. Smith said the argument for staying is “purely logistical.”
While Smith claims May 26th is “too soon,” the Pentagon said on Tuesday that they are ready to meet the deadline if President Biden orders the withdrawal.
When asked by reporters on Tuesday if it is “logistically” possible to meet the May 26th deadline, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is confident that General Scott Miller, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, could get it done.
“I would point you back to what Secretary Austin said when we were in Kabul, which is that — that he’s confident that Generals McKenzie and General Miller, if a decision is made, to completely withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, that they will get it done in a safe, orderly, and effective way,” Kirby said.
February 8th marked the first full year since the war started in 2001 that no US troops died in combat in Afghanistan.