[Epoch Times, August 20, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Zhen Ni compiled a report) New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew called on President Biden to resign due to the fall of Afghanistan.
The Biden administration believes that it will take some time for the Taliban to regain control. So the U.S. troops began to withdraw from Afghanistan in July. However, the dramatic changes in the situation in Afghanistan caught Biden and his administration by surprise.
In an interview with Fox News “Sunday Night in America”, Rep. Van Drew of the Second District of New Jersey stated that this is one of the darkest and most embarrassing days in the United States. This is for the Biden administration. It was a huge embarrassment. This government has experienced failures again and again.
Congressman Van der Rohe fears that due to the government’s weak withdrawal strategy in Afghanistan, those who remain will face the threat of torture, murder, rape or beheading. Van der Rohe said he believes that if the Republican plan is adopted, there will be different results.
Former President Trump also called on Biden to resign in a statement issued on Sunday (August 15). But Biden said in a provocative tone on Monday that he (Trump) “fully supports” my decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, and the downfall of the Afghan government is faster than expected.
Biden pointed out that he did face a choice, whether to stick to the previously negotiated agreement and withdraw American troops this year; or to send thousands of additional soldiers to Afghanistan for the “Third Decade” of war. But he said that he will not repeat past mistakes, nor regret his decision to continue withdrawing troops. Biden said in a televised speech delivered to the nation in the East Room of the White House, “I firmly support my decision. After 20 years of learning and learning, I deeply realize that there will never be a good time to withdraw troops.”
Biden stated that he would rather accept criticism of the consequences of Afghanistan than give the decision to another president. He called the decision to leave Afghanistan “the correct decision of the United States.”
Former Presidents Obama and Trump also hoped to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, but in the face of resistance from military leaders and other political pressures, they finally gave in. Biden has always firmly refused to change the final withdrawal deadline on August 31, partly because he believes that the American public will support this.
For many years, the United States has sought to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Former President Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 to restrict direct military actions against Taliban elements. This enabled the Taliban army to gather strength and move quickly to seize key areas when Biden announced his plan to withdraw all US troops before the end of this month.
In late July, an ABC News/Ipsos poll showed that 55% of Americans at the time agreed with Biden’s handling of the withdrawal.
Most Republicans did not push Biden to keep his troops in Afghanistan for a long time, and they also supported Trump’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. However, some Republicans still strongly criticized Biden’s withdrawal strategy, and said that the image of American helicopters hovering over the US Embassy in Kabul on Sunday reminds us of the disgrace of American personnel when they left Vietnam. ◇
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