Former President Bush Expresses Concern Over Biden Decision to Withdraw U.S. Troops
Former President George W. Bush is expressing his concern that President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan will negatively affect women and girls in the Middle East. Bush made the comments during a broadcast of the “Today” show on NBC, saying that he is worried that these girls will run into issues with the Taliban as a result of the decision to pull the troops.
While Bush stopped short of criticizing Biden’s decision outright, it is clear that he is rightfully worried about how the withdrawal will affect the rights of women in Afghanistan.
History of Decision
The Biden administration recently announced an aggressive goal to withdraw all American troops from the area by Sept. 11, 2021.
The date is significant as it was the 9/11 attacks that precipitated Bush sending the troops to Afghanistan initially.
The official war in Afghanistan began in earnest on Oct. 7, 2001. Neither former President Barack Obama nor former President Donald Trump went through with their pledges to bring the troops home.
Biden and Bush
Biden said that he called Bush to inform him about his choice to pull the troops. The president also said that Obama was in support of his decision to withdraw from the region.
However, while Bush and Obama have largely been in the president’s corner throughout the first few months of his presidency, not everyone is agreeing with this decision. Sen. Lindsey Graham told Biden that he has made the problem in Afghanistan bigger because of his decision to remove the troops.