Former Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a lot to say regarding Biden’s decision to begin removing troops from the war-torn country of Afghanistan.
Many Americans are happy with Biden’s recent announcement, which states that the remaining 2,500 U.S troops will be removed by September 11, according to The Daily Wire.
Clinton, however, is not a fan. “You know there are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving,” she said.
Clinton believes among the consequences could be the Taliban, ISIS, and Al Qaeda growing in power, as well as a “huge refugee outflow.”
Clinton also believes that Biden should open our borders to those refugees.
“I hope that the administration in concert with the Congress will have a very large visa program and will begin immediately to try to provide that channel for so many Afghans to utilize so that they are not left in danger.”
Many inside and outside of the country disagree with the notion of U.S troops permanently stationed in the Middle East, calling the effort a “never-ending war.”
U.S. troops have been in the war-torn nation since 2001. Many Americans believe that they have well overstayed their welcome.
Clinton has a different opinion, saying that we should not just “walk away” from the country.
“It’s one thing to pull out troops that have been supporting security in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan military, leaving it pretty much to fend for itself,” she stated, “but we can’t afford to walk away from the consequences of that decision.”
Former President George W. Bush also pushed back against Biden’s announcement.
“My first reaction was, wow, these girls are going to have real trouble with the Taliban,” he said, adding, “A lot of gains have been made, and so I’m deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls in that country.”
“I think the administration hopes that the girls are going be OK through diplomacy. We’ll find out. All I know is the Taliban, when they had the run of the place, they were brutal,” the former president said.
Current U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, told CBS’ “Sixty Minutes” that even though the U.S is pulling troops, it is not abandoning Afghanistan.
“Just because our troops are coming home doesn’t mean we’re leaving,” he stated.
“We’re not. Our embassy’s staying, the support that we’re giving to Afghanistan when it comes to — economic support, development, humanitarian, that — that remains. And not only from us, from partners and allies.”