WKTV - On Wednesday, President Biden announced the end to our country's longest war – 20 years - as he will begin to withdraw troops from Afghanistan beginning May 1.
The president said that it's time for American troops to come home.
He made this announcement in the Treaty Room at the White House, the same room that George W. Bush declared military action against the Taliban in 2001 after 9/11.
Over the past 19 years, about 2,400 American troops died in Afghanistan and about one trillion dollars was spent. There are 2,500 troops currently serving in Afghanistan.
During Wednesday night’s virtual town hall, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney discussed this resolution.
“I’m concerned about us leaving a void in Afghanistan. I understand that we don't want to have our sons and daughters in harm's way,” said Tenney. “But why would you pick September 11? That was a day where we had a terrible attack on our nation and that Afghanistan war resulted from that. I don't know if they're looking at symbolism or if it was random. I'd like to know more information, I wish we had been consulted at least on the Foregin Affairs Committee before this decision was made.”
This decision is in-line with the US exit deadline negotiated by the Trump administration with the Taliban last year and will be completed by September 11.
Critics argue that this could pave the way for another 9/11. President Biden pledged that the US will not take an eye off the terrorist threat.