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After news broke that Presidentplans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September, people began sharing 2012 comments from Biden vowing that America's military would be withdrawn from the country in 2014.
Bidenthat all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, exactly 20 years after the 2001 attacks targeting New York City and Washington, D.C., which became the impetus for what has become America's longest war. The would actually extend the withdrawal by several months from the May 1 deadline set under a peace deal signed between the U.S. and the Taliban last year under former President .
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Although Biden has repeatedly stressed his desire to finally bring an end to the war in Afghanistan, he previously asserted that U.S. troops would leave the country in 2014. He made that promise while he was vice president under.
"We've agreed on a gradual drawdown, so we're out of there by the year—in the year 2014," Biden said during a 2012 vice presidential debate with former Republican Representative Paul Ryan, who was's running mate in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Obama. Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, now serves as a Republican senator from Utah but was not in elected office at the time.
"It does not depend for us [on the conditions]. It is the responsibility of the Afghans to take care of their own security," Biden said in that 2012 debate. He asserted: "We are leaving. We are leaving in 2014, period."
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VIDEO - In 2012, Joe Biden Says U.S. Will Leave Afghanistan by 2014: ‘We Are Leaving in 2014, Period’ https://t.co/WAdZDnJs3j— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) April 13, 2021
A video clip of the president's former promise began circulating online after the news broke of the September 11 withdrawal deadline. Others shared a tweet from Biden's official account, dated October 11, 2012, reiterating his promise. The tweet said: "VP on Afghanistan: 'We will leave in 2014.'"
"Be cautiously optimistic that our troops may finally be coming home in September (after yet another deadline extension)...but also remember @JoeBiden previously promised to bring them home from Afghanistan in 2014. Seven years later, the time is still past due to #BringThemHome," the organization Young Americans for Liberty tweeted Tuesday, sharing a screenshot of Biden's 2014post.
Video: Biden: It will be hard to meet May 1 deadline to pull troops from Afghanistan (CNBC)
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that President Joe Biden's plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan would be "paving the way for another 9/11" on Tuesday, calling his foreign policy decisions "completely incompetent and destabilizing."Graham said that Biden's plans would spark the reemergence of terrorist groups Al Qaeda and ISIS during a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News' Hannity. The senator's remarks came hours after a senior Biden administration official confirmed that the president would be announcing on Wednesday the withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan.
"'Biden will withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021' writes Washington Post. Wouldn't a more accurate headline say 'plans to' or 'says Biden' or 'claims'? In 2012, Biden also said authoritatively 'We will leave in 2014,'"Fischer, the founder and editor-in-chief of New2Share, wrote on Twitter, also highlighting Biden's 2014 tweet.
VP on Afghanistan: "We will leave in 2014."— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 12, 2012
During a March news conference, Biden suggested that he may extend Trump's May 1 deadline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan but said thepresence in the country would not continue into 2022.
"For tactical reasons, it's going to be hard to get those troops out," the commander in chief said. "If we leave, we're going to do so in a safe and orderly way." Asked whether he envisioned troops would remain in Afghanistan next year, Biden responded, "I can't picture that being the case."
The U.S. first invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 over the Taliban's harboring of Al-Qaeda. Former President, a Republican, launched the war with the support of . Biden, who served in the at the time, voted in favor of authorizing military force to respond to those who planned the September 11 attacks.
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"The administration decided to abandon U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, which have helped keep radical Islamic terrorism in check," McConnell said. "And bizarrely, they've decided to do so by September the 11th."The Kentucky senator began his remarks by highlighting an editorial published by The Washington Post titled, "Biden takes the easy way out of Afghanistan. The likely result is disaster.
Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not hear back before publication.
General Override .
After years of deferring to the uniformed military on major decisions, presidents are pushing back.On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that the United States would fully withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, exactly two decades after the attacks that incited the American invasion. As Biden weighed his options, top generals argued strenuously against a complete pullout, pushing for leaving a small force behind. Biden rejected the argument. Biden’s hand had been somewhat forced by his predecessor Donald Trump’s earlier commitment to leave by May 1, 2021.