Biden Afghanistan latest – Joe's approval rating dips as he pledges to defend U.S. against the Taliban with 'force'

PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Monday finally addressed the nation on the crisis in Afghanistan as his approval dipped slightly to 50 percent.

Biden, who had just left the Camp David presidential retreat, threatened "devastating force" against the Taliban if they were to interfere with the US evacuating from Afghanistan.

The president said he's "responsible" for what has happened, but noted that the crisis in Afghanistan has lasted through four US presidents – and that "the buck stops here."

Biden said he will not "pass the responsibility [of removing troops from Afghanistan] to a fifth president."

Senior military officials say the chaos at the Kabul airport on Monday left seven people dead, including some who fell from a departing American military transport jet.

Former President Donald Trump has demanded Biden resign over the Taliban's advances in Afghanistan.

Read our Joe Biden speech live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Danielle Cinone

    BIDEN DELIVERED REMARKS

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    GUT-WRENCHING

    Biden describes the scene in Afghanistan as “gut-wrenching.” especially for the US military, calling the conflict “deeply, deeply personal.”

    “I’ve been throughout Afghanistan during this war,” says Biden.

    “I met with the people. I’ve spoken to the leaders. I spent time with our troops.” and Biden learned what was possible and not possible in Afghanistan, he says.

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    INHERITED A DEAL

    Biden speaks of a deal inherited from Donald Trump when he became president.

    Trump’s deal involved getting troops out of Afghanistan by May 2021.

    The Taliban was at its strongest since 2001 when Trump was president, according to Biden.

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    BIDEN TRENDING

    Amid his speech on Afghanistan, three hashtags are trending regarding the POTUS.

    • #BidenRemorse
    • #BidenMustResign
    • #BidenIsALaughingStock

    SWIFT REMOVAL

    “If they attack our personnel or disript our removal,” says Biden the US troop removal will be “swift and forceful.”

    The current mission is to “get our people and allies as swiftly as possible.”

    Biden’s goal is to “end America’s longest war after 20 long years of bloodshed.”

    “I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth president.”

    BIDEN TAKES RESPONSIBILITY

    Biden says that he takes his “share of responsibility” for the conflict in Afghanistan.

    “I’m deeply saddened by the facts we now face, but I do not regret my decision… I cannot and will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country’s civil war,” he says.

    'NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE NATION BUILDING'

    Biden also wrote to Twitter: "We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear goals: get those who attacked us on September 11, 2001—and make sure al Qaeda could not use Afghanistan as a base from which to attack us again.

    "We did that—a decade ago. Our mission was never supposed to be nation building.

     

    BIDEN SPEAKS OUT

    Biden tweeted on Monday: "The events we are seeing now are sadly the proof that no amount of American military force would ever deliver a stable, united, secure Afghanistan.

    "What is happening now could just as easily have happened five years ago — or fifteen years in the future."

     

    HARROWING VIDEO SHOWS STOWAWAYS FALLING FROM PLANE

    Harrowing video shows two stowaways falling to their deaths from a transport aircraft taking off at Kabul airport.

    The two fell several hundred feet from the C-17 transport plane as thousands of desperate Afghans try flee the victorious Taliban.

    The stampede at Kabul Airport has already left five people dead with more people clambering over walls to get in.

    In chaotic scenes echoing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the Taliban stormed the capital.

    Harrowing video shows two stowaways falling several hundred feet to their deaths after being thrown from a C-17 transport aircraft taking off from Kabul airport.

    Separate footage shows Afghans running alongside a C-17 as it prepares to take off with around a dozen holding on to the wheel bay.

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      BIDEN BLASTED AS ‘OBLIVIOUS TO TERRORIST THREATS’

      Joe Biden is “oblivious” to the terrorist threats the Taliban poses to the US, a top Republican Senator has warned.

      The radical Islamist insurgents are on verge of taking control of the country – weeks before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

      Senator Lindsey Graham told Newsweek: “It’s only a matter of time until al-Qaeda re-emerges in Afghanistan and presents a threat to the American homeland and western world.”

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      ‘THE BUCK STOPS WITH ME’

      Biden says the mission to kill Osama bin Laden was a success, but the mission to regain Afghanistan was not, and he did not think it would be.

      Biden will not ask US troops to fight in the Afghan civil war.

      “This is not in our National Security interest.”

      “This is not what our troops…deserve.”

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      'IT IS WRONG'

      “It is wrong to order American troops to step up when Afghanistan’s own armed forces would not,” Biden said.

      Biden argues that the Afghan government failed to protect their own citizens, hence why his decision to remove troops now was the right one.

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      'SADLY PROOF'

      “The events we see now are sadly proof that no amount of military force would ever deliver a stable, united, secure, Afghanistan,” Biden said.

      “I am now the fourth American president to preside over war in Afghanistan. Two Democrats and two Republicans. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth president.”

    • Julia Fields

      BIDEN TAKES RESPONSIBILITY

      Biden says that he takes his "share of responsibility" for the conflict in Afghanistan.

      "I'm deeply saddened by the facts we now face, but I do not regret my decision… I cannot and will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country's civil war," he says.

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      'NO GOOD TIME'

      "I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years, I've learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw US forces. That's why we're still there, we were clear-eyed about the risks, we planned for every contingency. But I always promised the American people I would be straight with you," Biden said.

      "The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated."

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      BIDEN TRENDING

      Amid his speech on Afghanistan, three hashtags are trending regarding the POTUS.

      • #BidenRemorse
      • #BidenMustResign
      • #BidenIsALaughingStock

      BIDEN DESRCIBES AMERICA'S ORIGINAL MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN

      BIDEN SAYS AFGHAN LEADERS 'GAVE UP'

      Biden said he will not repeat the mistakes of the past.

      He said: "The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. So what's happened?

      "Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country."

      He added that the U.S. could not provide Afghan forces "with the will to fight" for the future.

      'MAY GOD PROTECT OUR TROOPS'

      Biden ends his speech by asking God to "protect our troops and our diplomats."

      'HARD AND MESSY'

      Biden says he honored commitment to bring US troops home from Afghanistan when he ran for president and intends to stick to that commitment.

      'THE BUCK STOPS WITH ME'

      Biden says mission to kill Osama bin Laden was a success, but mission to regain Afghanistan was not, and he did not think it would be.

      Biden will not ask US troops to fight in Afghan civil war.

      "This is not in our National Security interest."

      "This is not what our troops…deserve."

      • Julia Fields

        SWIFT REMOVAL

        "If they attack our personnel or disript our removal," says Bidenthe US troop removal will be "swift and forceful."

        The current mission is to "get our people and allies as swiftly as possible."

        Biden's goal is to "end America's longest war after 20 long years of bloodshed."

        "I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth president."

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        DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE

        "Some of the Afghans did not want to leave earlier, hopeful for their country," says Biden about why he did not transport Afghans citizens earlier.

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        CURRENT MISSION

        Biden says the current mission in Afghanistan is to remove troops, secure airfields, taking back air traffic control, shut down US embassy and transfer diplomats.

        Biden intends to transport out throusands of AMerican citizens and support the safe departure of the personnel of American allies- Operation Allies Refugee.

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        CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT

        Biden says he will continue to send humanitarian relief to Afghanistan and speak out for the rights of the Afghanistan people.

        The way to speak out is "diplomacy" and "rallying the world to join us."

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