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Bush Fears For The Afghans In Hastened Pull Of American Troops

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Two decades ago, the sovereignty of the nation was placed under an unprecedented emergency that saw the incursion of extremist terrorism into American soil. The very core of our being was threatened, but our spirits were not shaken. After mourning for the deaths of our loved ones, we immediately made a move to fight for our freedom.

After the September 11 tragedy of 2001, then-president Republican George W. Bush demanded for the surrender of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who owned up to the terrorist attacks. The ruling Taliban didn’t want to cooperate and hand over bin Laden, so America embarked on a two-decades long conflict that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions of Afghans.

Twenty years have passed and the war doesn’t seem to be ending any minute. Osama bin Laden has been eradicated but the terrorist organization Taliban that coddled him, now has the majority of Afghanistan under control. Unfortunately, the Biden administration has decided to hasten the efforts in pulling out American troops in the region. This move will empower the terrorists more as they will only have to contend with the overwhelmed Afghan military.

In a recent interview, Bush expressed his dismay over the rushed U.S exit from Afghanistan and also admitted that he worries for the safety of the Afghan people.

“It’s unbelievable how that society changed from the brutality of the Taliban, and all of a sudden – sadly – I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm,” he stated.

“I’m sad. Laura [Bush] and I spent a lot of time with Afghan women, and they’re scared. And I think about all the interpreters and people that helped not only US troops but Nato troops, and it seems like they’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people. And it breaks my heart.” he added.

Our leaders are divided on this issue of pulling out the troops in Afghanistan which was in fact initiated by former president Donald Trump to finally put an end to the war and bring home our brave troops safely. Trump actually lauded Biden’s decision to continue the pull-out. Unfortunately, president Biden rushed the process and moved the deadline to August. 

Some military officials and politicians believe that an extension would be a practical solution as it would give more leeway for everyone to execute the operation to get out of the conflict-stricken nation as seamlessly as possible.

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