Gen. Keane: Biden’s ill-conceived Afghanistan withdrawal now an ’embarrassing retreat’
Fox Information senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane blamed the Biden administration’s “hasty withdrawal” from Afghanistan for the Taliban’s takeover of enormous swaths of the nation, telling “Fox & Pals” Friday the “ill-conceived” agenda has change into a overseas coverage “embarrassment” for the White Home.
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JACK KEANE: It is a unhappy, irritating second to observe an ill-conceived — and I emphasize ill-conceived, hasty withdrawal — flip into what’s now an embarrassing retreat. And why is that? Properly, the IG from the Pentagon simply reported the Taliban offensive started in Could of this 12 months, a month after President Biden made the announcement that we have been pulling all U.S. troops out by August 31. The Taliban knew full effectively that the USA, in that brief time frame, needed to shut seven army bases, that the main focus of the U.S. management and its troops can be on simply that. No time and no assets to assist the Afghan safety forces throughout a serious Taliban offensive. And by that I imply sustained, decisive air assist, which they all the time had up to now, to cease regular Taliban offensives that happen in that time frame.
Warfare in Afghanistan is seasonal. They begin within the spring and it ends within the fall. And the Taliban pack up their baggage and go to Pakistan through the winter. So why are we doing a withdrawal proper in the course of the preventing season, within the coronary heart of it? The withdrawal ought to have been finished throughout, what? The winter. And we must always have prolonged our withdrawal out till someday subsequent 12 months to get all of that finished and make sure that because the Taliban offensive got here this 12 months, we have been in a position to present the assets to counter that offensive.
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