Obama missed Afghanistan transition opportunity: The retired army general said four presidents shared at least part of last week’s devastating Kabul disaster, as the U.S. military’s involvement in Afghanistan lasted for two decades.
But one of those presidents – Barack Obama – missed the “transition period” from the Asian nation almost a decade ago, thus extending the time of U.S. troops in the country by another 10 years, said retired Major General Dana Pittard.
It was a place where al Qaeda planned to strike the United States and the Twin Towers. Remember the week. A field in western Pennsylvania.
Former President George W. Bush has launched operations in Afghanistan in response to terrorist attacks, as the Asian nation is believed to be a safe haven for terrorists.
“(But) at some point, when Osama (bin Laden) was assassinated, it was probably time to get out of Afghanistan,” Pittard told the Border Report.
“AT SOME POINT, MAYBE WHEN OSAMA (BIN LADEN) WAS KILLED, IT WAS PROBABLY TIME TO TRANSITION.”
— RETIRED MAJ. GEN. DANA PITTARD
At the time, President Biden was Obama’s vice president, and when the Obama-Biden team was re-elected in 2012, voters were often reminded of the successful bin Laden mission.
“Bin Laden is dead, GM is alive,” Biden became known at campaign stops, as Democrats campaigned for both revenge for the 9/11 deaths and the recovery of the US economy that year.
But instead of making plans to gradually end operations in Afghanistan, the United States remained there – through the second Obama administration and later through the tenure of former President Donald Trump, before Biden finally brought home U.S. troops – leading to the terrorist attack in Kabul and the ISIS attack last Thursday. Was responsible.
On Thursday, Obama posted a series of Twitter messages in response to the Kabul attacks Thursday.
“Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost a loved one and to everyone who continues the mission in Kabul,” Obama wrote in a message. “We are also thinking of Afghan families who have died, many of whom have stood up for America and are willing to risk everything for a chance at a better life.”