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President Biden defends decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan

All TV networks reported on President Biden’s address on Monday concerning the Taliban’s seizure of Afghanistan, highlighting his remarks that he does not regret his decision to recall all U.S. troops by the end of August. The President admitted that the Afghan government collapsed in response to the Taliban offensive more quickly than he anticipated. However, he justified his decision to no longer station the U.S. military there by saying: “American troops cannot, and should not, be fighting in a war, and dying in a war, that the Afghans are not willing to fight for themselves.”

 

NHK took up the U.S. leader’s statement vowing to defend the basic rights of Afghan men and women through diplomatic, economic, and other means in cooperation with the international community, speculating that by underscoring the administration’s unwavering commitment to supporting the local people’s human rights, he was perhaps anxious to dodge mounting criticism that what some have called a precipitous drawdown allowed the Taliban, which allegedly disregards democratic values, to take over. 

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