Biden last month announced plans to withdraw the remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan, where the US has been at war for nearly 20 years. All US troops are expected to leave the country on September 11.
At the start of the US withdrawal, the former Secretary of State was asked by CNN about Biden’s decision to leave.
“Well, it was made. And I know it is a very difficult decision,” Clinton told the network on Sunday. This is what we call an evil problem. You know there are both foreseeable and unintended consequences of staying and leaving. The president has decided to leave. ”
Clinton pointed out the potential of “two huge consequences, “which the US administration should focus on. She said there is a potential collapse of Kabul and the takeover by the Taliban and the resumption of global terrorist activity.
“I think these two huge issues need to be addressed,” she said. “I mean, it’s one thing to withdraw troops that have backed security in Afghanistan, backed up the Afghan army, pretty much leave it to their own devices. But we can’t afford to run away from the consequences of that. decision. “
Clinton and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice previously told members of the Foreign Affairs Committee that they were concerned about Biden’s plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan. Axios.
The U.S And his NATO The allies joined forces in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 to hunt down the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda, who were living under the protection of Taliban rulers in the country. In his withdrawal announcement, Biden said the original mission had been accomplished a decade ago by then US Navy SEALS killed bin Laden in his hiding place in neighboring Pakistan.
According to the Costs of War project, the US is estimated to have spent $ 2 trillion in Afghanistan alone in the past 20 years, losing more than 2,300 US soldiers in the fighting that followed, along with an estimated more than 47,000 Taliban and Afghan citizens.
In a White House statement on Sunday, the president said the presence of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was “severely degraded. “
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CBS in an interview broadcast “60 Minutes” on Sunday evening that Washington must be prepared for any scenario.
“Just because our troops are coming home doesn’t mean we’re leaving,” he said. ‘We are not. Our embassy remains, the support we give to Afghanistan when it comes to economic aid, development, humanitarian aid, that remains. And not just from us, from partners and allies. ‘
The Associated Press contributed to this report