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April 13, 2021

Inhofe Calls Biden 'Political' Decision to Withdraw from Afghanistan 'Reckless and Dangerous'

Senate Armed Services Ranking Member urges President to consider conditions on the ground, change course

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on reports that President Biden intends to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021: 

“I understand that President Biden plans to announce that all remaining U.S. troops will completely withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. To say I’m concerned is a vast understatementthis is a reckless and dangerous decision,” Inhofe said. “No one wants a forever war, but I’ve consistently said any withdrawal must be conditions-based. Arbitrary deadlines would likely put our troops in danger, jeopardize all the progress we’ve made, and lead to civil war in Afghanistan—and create a breeding ground for international terrorists. We’re talking about protecting American lives here.

“I urge President Biden to reconsider his decision to withdraw all forces by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack. This date shows this decision is political and is not conditions-based. An arbitrary withdrawal also sends the wrong message to our allies and adversariesPresident Biden must change course.” 

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