Joe Biden poses Yemen question in Afghanistan speech
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Since the terror attack at Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 170 Afghans and 13 US soldiers, calls for Mr Biden to step down as US President have intensified. Just hours after the ISIS-K suicide bombing, Republicans took to social media to condemn Mr Biden.
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley wrote: “To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible.
“It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign.”
Britons agree with Mr Hawley, according to a new poll of 4,406 people held from 11am August 30 to 2pm September 1, in which 93 percent of voters said Mr Biden should stand down.
One reader said: “He has so much blood and devastation on his hands, it’s genocide!
“Sure, America and the other countries had to withdraw, but surely there was a proper, measured and staged way of withdrawing from Afghanistan and its people.
“Then all those poor marines wouldn’t be left in a worse state than when this whole sordid war began!
“He obviously does NOT KNOW what planet he’s living on let alone trying to run ‘the greatest country in the world’? Shameful, absolutely shameful!
“I’m sickened by America, disgusted, and so sad for all the people who’ve died and will continue to die!”
Another voter, Claire Marie, agreed: “He is a real embarrassment for the USA.
“What a situation for the so-called ‘leader of the Free World’.”
Only six percent (278) of voters said Mr Biden should not resign over the Afghanistan disaster because he had no choice but to get troops out.
In February 2020 the Trump administration forged an agreement with the Taliban that the USA would withdraw all its forces and release 5,000 Taliban prisoners so long as the Taliban promised to sever its ties with al-Qaeda and end its attacks on American forces.
Before President Biden came to power, experts advised Mr Trump that the Taliban had not ceased attacks or cut ties with al-Qaeda, who used Afghanistan as a safe haven to plan 9/11.
During President Biden’s electoral campaign, he promised the American people that he would stick to Mr Trump’s plan and continue to withdraw forces from the Middle East, after the longest war in American history.
Despite Mr Trump’s role in catalysing the agreement, in a recent statement, he said: “It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen in Afghanistan.”
In April, however, Mr Trump released a statement disapproving of the President’s decision to delay full withdrawal from May to September, in an attempt to make the transition of power from American forces to Afghan forces smoother.
He said: “We can and should get out earlier.
“Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible.”
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In an international press conference held at the White House, the day after the Taliban overthrew the Afghan government, the President said: “When I came into office, I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban.
“Under his agreement, U.S. forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021 — just a little over three months after I took office.
“U.S. forces had already drawn down during the Trump administration from roughly 15,500 American forces to 2,500 troops in country, and the Taliban was at its strongest militarily since 2001.
“The choice I had to make, as your President, was either to follow through on that agreement or be prepared to go back to fighting the Taliban in the middle of the spring fighting season.
“There would have been no ceasefire after May 1. There was no agreement protecting our forces after May 1. There was no status quo of stability without American casualties after May 1.
“There was only the cold reality of either following through on the agreement to withdraw our forces or escalating the conflict and sending thousands more American troops back into combat in Afghanistan, lurching into the third decade of conflict.
“I stand squarely behind my decision.”
Many Express readers said that the problem the USA faces is the senior age of American presidential candidates.
Mr Biden is 78-years-old and Mr Trump is 75, but the average age of a democratic leader is 54, according to The New York Times.
One reader said: “The last few years have shown, for sure, that there needs to be a cap on how old a President can be. Nobody over the age of 70 should ever be allowed to stand for election again.”
Another voter agreed: “It is time to get someone younger.
“I am 80 and I am past it, younger people are needed in government, not has-beens.”
Someone else commented: “Biden is useless and far too old for this job, so is Trump, and if they are the best America can find for President, it is a very poor show.”
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