I am writing in response to the Aug. 26 article about veterans who served in Afghanistan. But first I want to thank them and all members of the military for their service and sacrifice.
I am not going to discuss if we should have been in Afghanistan, we should have left, or how the withdrawal was handled. I am writing in response to a couple of quotes in the article from one of the veterans.
He said he was “frustrated with the Biden administration and how it handled the withdrawal” and “this administration stubbornly stuck to their decision and to talking points and to political campaign processes more than the reality of the ground.”
I think people have forgotten it was the Trump administration that negotiated with the Taliban and signed a deal in Doha, Qatar in February 2020 agreeing the U.S. would leave Afghanistan no later than May 1, 2021. In return, the Taliban agreed to stop attacking U.S. service members. This is why no U.S. troops were attacked and killed for over a year.
The Biden administration pushed the final withdrawal date to August 31, 2021 and kept the rest of the deal.
Janis SabelHighlands Ranch
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