Joe Bidens act of political courage in Afghanistan to strengthen the US and West

Newsnight: Joe Biden's 'act of political courage' in Afghanistan to 'strengthen the US'

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The Harvard Kennedy School academic told BBC Newsnight he supported Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, saying that this will be considered “an act of political courage”. However, his comments have caused fury across social media. President Biden has been fielding criticism ever since Taliban forces reclaimed Kabul on August 15.

Prof Allison told the BBC flagship programme: “I think for president Biden the willingness to take responsibility for finally ending a windless war, rather than just kicking the can down the road, was a real act of political courage.”

Host Kirsty Wark then asked: “Has he actually weakened the West when you think of future foreign policy, where the future areas of influence are?

The professor said: “I think he has actually.

“Once we get over the kerfuffle here, and all of the hysterics, he will have seen to have strengthened the US and strengthened the West, if we’re sensible.

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Basically, we’re having dug ourselves into a hole.

The professor’s position however sparked fury on Twitter, with users taking to the social media to voice their criticism of his statement.

One user wrote: “Hysterics? What a disgusting thing to say when people are terrified for their lives.”

“Pontification, & offensive pontification at that.”

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Another said: “Sheer incompetence with devastating consequences.”Kerfuffle and hysterics?! This is tantamount to Genocide letting the Taliban extremists rule Afghan people.

“You have sealed their fate – their blood is on US and NATO hands – is that hysterical to you is it?!”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a virtual meeting of the G7 on Tuesday in a final attempt to push Mr Biden into changing his mind but he was rebuked.

President Biden has said that there will be no extensions after the set deadline of evacuation from Afghanistan, which is the end of this month. 

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