John F. Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military was looking to relocate Afghan interpreters and their families to U.S. territories, U.S. military installations outside the United States and in other countries outside Afghanistan.
The war began two decades ago, the president argued, not to rebuild a distant nation, but to prevent terrorist attacks like September 11, 2001 and bring Osama bin Laden to justice. In short, Mr. Biden that the longest war in U.S. history should have ended a decade ago when Bin Laden was killed.
“We did not go to Afghanistan to build a nation,” he said. “And it is the right and responsibility of the Afghan people to decide their future and how they want to govern their country.”
Sir. Biden delivered his remarks even as the democratic government in Kabul shakes during a siege by the Taliban that has displaced tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and allowed the rebel group to conquer much of the country.
The rapid US withdrawal, he said, was a matter of security.
“Our military leaders advised me that once I made the decision to end the war, we had to move quickly to implement the key elements of the crash,” Biden said. “And in this context, speed is safety.”
In an attempt to provide limited security to the Afghan government, he said the U.S. mission to help defend the country would continue until August 31, although most combat troops have already been deployed, leaving a force of less than 1,000 to defend the US Embassy and the country’s airport.
At another point in the country’s history, Mr. The bite’s speech and the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan have brought politics to the United States.