President Biden made remarks that even with the Taliban in power in Afghanistan, he sees a greater threat from Al Qaeda and its affiliates in other countries, so it was not “rational” to continue to focus U.S. military power there.
“We should be focusing on where the threat is the greatest,” the president said in an interview on ABC’S Good Morning America on Thursday.
“And the idea we can continue to spend a trillion dollars, and have tens of thousands of American forces in Afghanistan when we have North Africa and Western Africa—-the idea we can do that and ignore those looming problems, growing problems, is not rational.”
Biden has said many times that America would not send inexorably more forces to fight in Afghanistan. The U.S. has not had tens of thousands in Afghanistan for several years and had 2500 to 3000 deployed there when Biden took office.
President Biden cited Syria and East Africa as locations where Al Qaeda has a “significantly greater threat” than Afghanistan, he further stated that ISIS has “metastasized.”
President Biden conceded that the U.S does not have a substantial military presence in Syria, it does have an “over the horizon capability to take them out,” he said.
When asked about the mayhem occurring right now in Afghanistan, he told ABC that there wasn’t anything his administration could have done to avoid such chaos.
“The idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” Biden said.