Former President George W. Bush is criticizing President Biden’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan calling it “unbelievably bad.” Bush says that the decision to pull U.S. troops from the region will put Afghan women and children in the harm’s way of the Taliban.
According to The Washington Examiner:
“I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm” after the troops finish leaving Afghanistan on Aug. 31, Bush said Wednesday on DW News. “It’s unbelievable how that society changed from the brutality of the Taliban.”
The U.S. withdrawal is a mistake, and “the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad,” Bush said.
Biden, in his announcement about the moved up date of the troops’ withdrawal, pushed back on claims such as Bush’s, explaining that the U.S. has given Afghans “all the tools” they need to fend off the Taliban, though some allies and partners have expressed doubts.
U.S. forces left Bagram Air Base earlier in July, once the headquarters for the Afghanistan operation. About 650 troops will remain behind, mostly to help secure the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
However, the Biden administration just announced that the U.S. plan to evacuate Afghans who assisted the U.S. military.
The Hill reports:
The United States is formally launching “Operation Allies Refuge” to evacuate Afghans who helped U.S. troops during the 20-year war and are facing threats to their life from the Taliban, the Biden administration announced Wednesday.
Flights out of Afghanistan for those who are already in the process of obtaining Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) will start in the last week of July, a senior administration official said in a statement.
No further details on when the evacuations will start will be released, the statement said, citing “operational security.”