Former Republican president George W. Bush blasted President Joe Biden recently over his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
“I think it is, yeah,” he said. “Because I think the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad and sad.”
The speaking out came as a surprise to many since the former president has mostly stayed out of the public eye since leaving office.
“I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm,” Bush told Deutsche Welle. “They’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart.”
Biden said the troops have been there too long and he must bring them home.“They discussed their continued commitment to a strong bilateral partnership following the departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and affirmed shared respect and gratitude for the sacrifices made by American forces, alongside NATO allies and operational partners, as well as by the Afghan people and Afghan service members over the past two decades,” the White House said in a statement.
Others besides Bush have criticized the decision.
“I have long called for a responsible end to the war in Afghanistan, but for doing so in a manner that keeps Americans safe,” the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said after Biden’s announcement earlier this year. “A rushed and political decision to withdraw without consideration of our counterterrorism priorities will allow Afghanistan to serve as a future platform for terrorist attacks against the United States and our partners.”
“We cannot trust the Taliban with America’s security – it has failed to meet any of its commitments in the deal reached last year to reduce U.S. troops in exchange for Taliban counterterrorism guarantees,” he added.