The White House defended its decision to pull out American forces and end the U.S. war in Afghanistan by the end of the month as the situation rapidly deteriorates and the Taliban accelerates its gains across the country.
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Speaking at the White House briefing Tuesday, press secretary Jen Psaki said, “there are difficult choices every commander in chief has to make on behalf of the American people. And President Biden was very clear…it’s time for American troops to get home.”
Psaki’s comments came as as Taliban militants captured two more provincial capitals Monday in a push across much of Afghanistan, after taking large swaths of land in the mostly rural countryside.
Asked if the White House overestimated the Afghan military’s ability to hold the Taliban off, Psaki brushed off the question insisting the administration’s “view is that the Afghan national security defense forces have the equipment, numbers and training to fight back.”
The press secretary said the White House doesn’t “have the luxury” of feeling disappointed by the situation.
“Now is the time for them to utilize the training, the assistance, the security guidance that they have been provided over the last two decades,” Psaki said.
“The president continues to believe that it is not inevitable that the Taliban takes over Kabul or the country and that they need to show political will at this point to push back,” she added.