Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not agree with the decision of President Joe Biden to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Clinton expressed her opinion to CNN’s Jake Tapper on last Sunday’s “State of the Union” program, saying that there will be consequences to that decision.
Biden recently announced that his administration plans to remove the 2,500 troops stationed in Afghanistan. The goal is to pull all of the troops prior to Sept. 11, 2021. This date is significant as it will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Clinton said that there could be a number of consequences as a result of the decision to pull out of the war-torn nation. Chief among the concerns is that the Taliban could strengthen and take control of the region. Should this happen, there would be a significant outflow of refugees fleeing the country.
In addition, Clinton worries that the troop withdrawal would also encourage an uptick of global terrorism. She cited the worry that groups such as al Qaeda and the Islamic State would surge as a result of the decreased presence of the U.S. in the battered region.
Rebuttal From Biden Administration
It did not take long for the Biden administration to defend the decision. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” emphasizing that Americans are not completely abandoning Afghanistan.
Blinken said that the U.S. is not leaving altogether, stating that the troops are simply leaving. He reminded viewers that the U.S. embassy will stay in place and that support to the Afghans will not end just because the troops return home.