President Biden Ends War

August 31, 2021
President Biden Ends War

Last night in Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan — the longest war in American history.

Pres. Biden marks the end of the war in Afghanistan.

President Biden spoke for roughly 30 minutes explaining why he made the decision to end the war.

The transcript contains an important correction that did not appear earlier in the remarks: "The bottom line: Ninety [Ninety-eight] percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave."

There are many important excerpts – here are three:

"Let me be clear: Leaving August the 31st is not due to an arbitrary deadline; it was designed to save American lives."

"I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit."

"The fundamental obligation of a President, in my opinion, is to defend and protect America — not against threats of 2001, but against the threats of 2021 and tomorrow."

Transcript: The Full Remarks

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by Jenna Lee,